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Ridge Workday 5th March 2005

Our task this workday was to continue pruning the fruit trees in the 'orchard' area and to clear more land of brambles, particularly around the trees, to help them remain strong. Bob, our current chairman of the Friends, gave guidelines on how to prune the fruit trees we were working on. His expertise was essential in dealing properly with pruning.

In general, the trees being tackled on this day were approximately 50 to 60 years old, so were getting quite large with a fair amount of growth that would not promote good fruit growth this year. Our job would be to cut out branches that crossed others, shorthen some of the longer ones and give the tree more light by thinning out generally. A daunting task to those of us inexperienced in such matters, but made much easier under Bob's guiding hand.

Mike and Lee tackled an apple tree close to one of the paths that led up the slope through the area where many of these fruit trees grow. Being relative beginners in the art of pruning, the task seemed difficult at first (where do you start?) but became easier once into the swing of things and results started to show. Here's the before and after shots:


Before

After

What do you mean? Well then, look closer - count the branches! Meanwhile, while many deliberate, Maureen in the background of the right-hand picture relentlessly ploughs through what seems an endless supply of bramble and nettles.

Paul, from BTCV, and Bob, having a lot more experience in the art of pruning, were allowed to climb trees and have more fun were using an array of tools to cut out dead branches and make more serious judgements on a tree's shape and form. Well, that's what we were told anyway.

They managed to tackle several trees in this area using specialist tools which BTCV made available to us on the day.

Ah, did I mention the freshly-brewed tea which Paul served up around lunch-time? Always welcome by that time. You'll have to come along to see how Paul brews up.

Good, now that I've managed to mention that, there's no need to say anything about the several snow showers, sleet and occasional rain we had on that day is there?

Damn......

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