The wonders of wassailing!
HORFIELD Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) was Wassailed by more than 300 people raising the orchard spirits with a collective holler. The event was also a conclusion for participants who completed the Orchard Learning Programme last year.
Orchard Learning Programme 2019 - a month-by-month guide to a growing year runs from March to November. A 2018 participant described the course as “a wonderfully complete immersion in the year of the orchard”.
There’s also a new crop of short courses to pick from. Get Growing Fruit Trees - an introduction, is a four-month guide to the basics of fruit tree care, using real trees in relationship with seasonal and local conditions. Coming up in March (16-17) is a hands-on Winter Pruning workshop. Are you new to fruit trees, and not sure what to grow? Planning and caring for fruit grown in small spaces is a one-day introductory course on Saturday April 27.
The courses are led by Shannon Smith. Group sizes are small, and early booking is advised.More information on the HOCO website: https://tinyurl.com/OLcourses2019
Photo: Jamie Carstairs