Pruning workshop

We had a clear day for the pruning workshopAnother very good course at Little Hidden Farm. Pruning this time, led by garden expert and designer Catherine, and then the forestry side covered by Bill.

There were plenty of specimens ready for a trim. Bumblebees and honeybees buzzed about a heavily scented Mahonia as we rejuvenated its tangled net of branches. House Sparrow, Robin, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and Skylark were all among the birdsong around us. Oh, and again the food was rustic and hearty, served with plenty of hot tea and coffee.

At the end of the day, Bill Acworth provided leaflets on the sponsors, North Wessex Downs AONB, and the charity called Woodland Heritage.

The video clips that I got are only a sample of the tuition. The best way to learn is to go on a practical course like this, and by experience. The knowledge of our tutors, and their guidance as we worked, was vital for us to get our technique right, as well as learning how to ‘read’ the needs of the plants and their individual situation.

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