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Winter Top Fruit Pruning Workshop
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winter Top Fruit Pruning Workshop

Winter Top Fruit Pruning –   – Sat 3 Feb 2018  

10am -12.30pm: Course Registration & Theory in Hungerford Town Hall, High Street Hungerford RG17 0NF

1pm: Lunch   

2-4pm: Practical in the orchard. 

Cost: £85 per day (inc VAT & lunch)

Join Orchard Arborist, Pomologist and owner of the Heritage Fruit Tree Company Andy Howard for a day’s training course to learn the theory and practice of Winter Pruning. (Andy grew up in Hungerford and now lives across the Border in North Oxfordshire but returns on a regular basis  to work in, and design and plant Orchards throughout Berkshire.)

Learn the theory, skills and practice of winter pruning for fruit trees such as apple and pear. Discover the different methods and techniques used to shape fruit trees, control their size and influence their productivity.  Find out when and how to apply these to suit different circumstances and different types of top fruit.  Learn the difference between winter and summer pruning and when and how to prune pip fruit and stone fruit.

You can learn these new skills and put them into practice with hands on tuition whilst working on Hungerford’s beautiful Picket Mead-Heritage orchard, working on unique fruit trees left untouched without any pruning undertaken during the past 60/70 years.

Gain these skills yourself and help to get the confidence to apply them in your own orchard, garden or community orchard. Or, why not help a neighbour get their fruit trees into shape?

The day will cover all you need to know on pruning : From working on these majestic old trees, formative pruning on any newly planted future trees and how to practice a form of renewal and restorative pruning.

If you are thinking of just planting one tree, or an orchard  all the information and hands on practical learnt will be useful when selecting your trees and also knowing how to manage them afterwards throughout their life and into maturity.

This is a winter pruning course but we will also look at how it relates to summer pruning  and how both are important in the management of your fruit trees, cordons, fans and espaliers.


Please contact Dani Winslet on  or  01488 647334  or  07932 322163 to book your place, to find out more about the course,  or make payment.

For both days it’s a first come first serve basis with a limit on how many places available. ( It’s a 2 mins easy walking distance from mainline Hungerford train station into Town Hall venue)

(c) Can Stock Photo / jakatics

Hay Box soupmaking @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Hay Box soupmaking @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Pop in to try a mug of soup cooked in a haybox and find out about

this method of cooking, which can easily save up to 50% of the energy required to cook. Plus it never burns! Suggested donation £2.


Free hayboxes and instructions available

to take home and try yourself.

Marlborough Repair Cafe @ Marlborough Youth & Community Centre
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fix don’t chuck! Great opportunity to get useful stuff fixed. For more details please contact Transition Marlborough on

Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park @ Welford Park
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Walk for Parkinson's - Welford Park @ Welford Park | Welford | England | United Kingdom

Join Parkinson’s UK on Sunday 29 April 2018 when we will be returning to Welford Park for our sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s. There will be two different circular walks available, a 2.5 mile walk and a more challenging 6.5 mile walk around the beautiful Welford Park estate, home of the Great British Bake Off. During the walk you will cross the River Lambourn, climb the hill to see the impressive cricket pitch whilst overlooking the historic Welford Park, explore the wonderful woodland before crossing the fields and taking in the lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and all walkers will receive a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, plus a medal on completing the walk.

The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 145,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.