Archive for December 2012

Orchard Management and Restoration Course 2012

Jacquie, Les and I had all been watching the weather with trepidation. Last year we invented the sport of  Extreme Orchard Pruning during the course and the biblical conditions in the South West were promising another December of epic pruning.

The day arrived and with it the a beautiful, sunny crisp morning. A flood of last minute bookings (pun definitely intended) meant that we were full with 16 participants and all were eager to pick up a pair of secateurs and get cutting.  We used hot tea and biscuits to quell the excitement and add a little knowledge, in the shape of Les’ very entertaining lecture in The Library, before proceeding to the Orchard.

Jane, one of neighbours and a prolific blogger has written  a great report of the day

Orchard Management Course at Trenderway Farm We were delighted to receive a whole load of comments in the post this morning, and have to join in with the compliments for Les Davies, a truly superb teacher and raconteur. We look forward to this week every year, Les makes the hard work of pruning the orchard a pleasure and keeps reassuring us that we are doing OK!


“Such a fantastic and informative couple of days, seeing all ages and stages of apples, from grafting to early pruning techniques. Great fun and learnt LOADS! Thanks Les.”  (Jane)


“Informative and enjoyable course due to Les’s humour and knowledge!” (Nick).


“Really great course. I didn’t know anything about pruning, but now I feel BOLD!!!” (Clare).

“Worth doing the course if you are not even interested in pruning. Les is a legend!! Obviously            very knowledgeable and knows his business inside out”. (Alan).

“Totally worth the 2 days taken off of work. Les is great and a fountain of knowledge, and he’s contactable afterwards”.  (Sean)

“So much more than I expected, especially all the ‘hands on’ work. Les made it all very enjoyable and Yaron and Jaquie made the best hosts”. (Elaine).

“Les has made this fascinating course extremely worthwhile. He is a mine of practical advice and a fund of anecdotes. We have been made really welcome by our engaging hosts Jaquie and Yaron on their fabulous farm”. (Monica)

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