Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Pruning apple tree courses for 2016

2016 sees the return of our popular apple tree pruning courses held here at The Orchard, Redmoor Fruit Farm, Redmoor Lane, Wisbech, Cmabridgeshire, PE14 0RN.

This hands-on pruning course is held in our traditional 8 acre orchard with apple trees of various ages, from mature Bramleys between 50 and 100 years old to the youngest tree planted in 2014.

What will I learn?

You'll learn, through theory, demonstrations and practical hands-on experience the necessary skills and expertise to prune apple trees. The techniques you learn will enable you to care for young, newly planted trees, keep mature trees healthy and productive and to "renovate" old trees.

This is what one of last years participants had to say about the course:

“I have an allotment with a number of fruit trees on it including apples.  I have been trying to find some where I can get tuition in pruning the trees correctly so I was pleased to find this site.  I had a really great day with Jim last week.  He expertly guided me through what is required to get my trees in good shape as well as giving me tips and advice on the care of them.  I am very happy to recommend the pruning days.  I also recommend the home cooked food served in the tea rooms!" Robin 

Who is the course for?

The pruning apple trees course is for anyone over 16 who wants to learn about pruning fruit trees. No previous experience is necessary. To get the best out of the course you will need to be physically able to have a go at pruning one of our trees under the guidance of your tutor, this can involve the use of ladders but doesn't have to as we have plenty of smaller trees that can be worked on from the ground.

The majority of the course will take place outside in the orchard so you'll need to be prepared for the weather by wearing outdoor clothes and bringing wellingtons and waterproofs in case of rain.

Course content

Meet at The Orchard Tea Room at 10am for a 10.30 start
Introductions over tea or coffee where we'll discuss what you want to gain from the course eg. which type of tree are you especially interested in, variety, age etc
A look at tools and equipment
Theory of pruning explained during practical demonstrations in the orchard
Lunch in our tea room: Delicious homemade soup & sandwich freshly prepared from local produce served with a pot of tea.
"have a go" at pruning under supervision
3.30pm tea and cake and the chance to ask as many questions as you like.


To prune trees you'll need a pair of good quality secateurs and a pruning saw, a pair of loppers are also useful. Please bring what you have along on the day.


The cost of the apple pruning course, including morning coffee, homemade lunch, tea and cake, is £60 per person.


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Book a course

Booking is easy, simply email us your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your preferred date and we'll send you a confirmation email along with an invoice, we do ask for payment in advance.

Our Pruning Apple Trees Course makes a great gift

If you'd like to give our Pruning Apple Trees Course as a present please let us know in your email, upon receipt of payment we will send you a gift voucher for giving.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

O Christmas Tree ! O Christmas Tree!

Our Christmas tree is up in the tea room. 

It was decorated for us, in what is becoming an annual tradition, by the children of a local home education group who visit The Orchard quite regularly. These are the children who made the scarecrows for the Elm and Friday Bridge Scarecrow Competition back in June.  

The Orchard is a great place for children to observe the seasons, look out for wild fauna and flora, learn how food grows and to simply have fun in a large green place and we love having the children here. Earlier in the year one of our trees featured on the front cover of an Education Outside School magazine.

Right now some of our trees are looking particularly Christmassy themselves, the leaves have fallen and the red apples hang like Christmas baubles!

We think the children have done a great job at decorating the tea room tree, our customers seem to think so too with many of them commenting on how festive it looks. 

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas cards ~ last posting dates

Royal Mail's recommended last posting dates for delivery within the UK are:
Saturday 19th December for 2nd class
Monday 21st December for 1st class 

If you haven't got your Christmas cards yet and are looking for something special we have Christmas cards, handmade, using vintage illustrations from damaged books, for sale in The Orchard Tea Room. Anyone remember Bill and Ben?

And if you're stuck for a gift idea how about including one of our Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers?
A gift of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea. Nom Nom!

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop Wisbech

Traditional, locally made, holly wreathes

have arrived at our Redmoor lane farm shop

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Art at The Orchard this Christmas ~ Julie Parker

Local artist Julie Parker 's mini collection of prints can be seen here at The Orchard Tea Room until Christmas. They are for sale and would make delightful Christmas presents, prices from £10 for an unframed print. Come and take a look for yourselves.

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN