Traditional orchards are a cultural feature in the local landscape and a fascinating wildlife habitat. There are thousands of apple varieties; many considered local to particular areas. How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years? Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to foraging. Based in Greenwich Park.

Tutor: Leslie Williams

Leslie has managed organic meadows for harvesting of hay, for their wildlife and for people. He has restored a two hectare hay meadow and has created meadows as features on garden lawns. He is the Butterfly recorder for London Natural History Society and is currently working on a project to map the distribution of butterfly species in London, several species of which are reliant on semi-natural grasslands.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome, health and safety and introduction
10.15 Morning session
13.00 Lunch
13.30 Afternoon session
15.50 Taking your interest further and course reviews
16.00 Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
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