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Feb 05 2020

Winter Season

The winter has been so far, dull, wet and reasonably mild, the orchards are very soggy under foot.

During the winter months the apple trees are pruned. It is done this time of year when there are no leaves, so you can see all the branches.  Pruning is cutting  branches or shoots from the tree that need removing, to let light into the tree to encourage new growth for apples to grow, and so the tree isn’t too crowded making it easier to pick the apples.

We do this job manually with hand held saws and secateurs, we have lovely walks through the orchards, as this time of year the ground is too soft for vehicles, to travel on.