New crop of Orchard Learning courses

December 19 2018

Do you want to learn more about growing and caring for fruit trees?

Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) is hosting a range of new Orchard Learning courses during 2019. HOCO supported the development of the Orchard Learning Programme as part of its 20th anniversary year in 2018. The course was designed and delivered by Shannon Smith, a qualified community educator, and the former orchard co-ordinator. The first eleven learners to complete the programme will be celebrating at Wassail. Working with the group has also inspired Shannon to develop a crop of new courses for 2019.

The Orchard Learning Programme is a month-by-month guide to a growing year. It’s ideal for those with some previous experience who want to deepen their knowledge and practice. Three new weekend courses will focus on Seasonal Pruning. For beginners, there are one-day courses on Growing Fruit in Small Spaces, and an Introduction to Pruning. Get Growing Fruit Trees is an introduction to fruit care, using real trees in relationship with local conditions.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming new Orchard Learners to the rich and diverse learning environment of HOCO”, says Shannon. 

“More of us want to grow more fruit in our gardens, allotments and community projects. These hands-on courses give participants the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy and care for fruit trees for years to come.”

More details on the HOCO website: