Events and Courses

Orchard Link offers members a range of events and training days throughout the year.

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What we offer...

Training courses vary with the seasons and include pruning, grafting, cider making and orchard management. Events include visits to orchards and cider makers, a members’ annual gathering, talks, presentations and demonstrations. Our current programme is listed here. Detailed information is provided for each event - just click on "more info".

Courses requiring booking and payment in advance

Where an Orchard Link course or event requires you to book a place, instructions for this are given with a link to the on-line booking form. If a fee is payable, you will need to follow the link from the booking form to the Paypal page and pay on booking using your Paypal account if you have one, or with your debit or credit card.

Note that course bookings will not be accepted without payment.  Your course fee is non-refundable if you cancel with less than one week’s notice before the date of the course or if you fail to show up on the day.  However, if for some reason a course has to be cancelled by Orchard Link, we will refund your booking fee in full.

Our co-coordinator will confirm your booking and send you more information about a week before the course including directions to the course venue.

Events and courses run by other groups

From time to time we may list activities and courses run by other organisations: these will be clearly labelled as External Events, and the responsibility for running them, and for handling any queries or bookings, will rest with them and not with Orchard Link.

Other programmes

Orchard Link members qualify for members’ discount when attending Orchards Live courses, our sister organisation in north Devon.  The Tavy and Tamar Apple Group also runs a programme. You can find out more by following these links to their websites.

Up-coming Events and Courses

CIDER MAKING COURSE

We plan to run a cider making course in the autumn for up to 12. It would be very useful if members could give some indication of interest. Please let Lance Whitehead know your views at lance@calacombe.com Many thanks....! More info

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ORCHARD LINK EQUIPMENT TRAINING

We are considering a course during the summer to explain how to use the Orchard Link press equipment safely and effectively and would welcome feedback to gauge potential interest.  Would you kindly send your views to Lance Whitehead at lance@calancombe.com More info

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SUMMER PRUNING COURSE

27-07-2019

: 1015-1615

 Summer pruning of apple and pear trees increases the light and air to developing fruit, leading to greater size and improved colour and sugar content. Summer pruning can also encourage fruit buds to form, leading to greater yield in the following year.         More info

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TOP GRAFTING COURSE

Early warning of a Top Grafting Course with Jill Millar, an Orchard Link member.  Date TBC More info

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PRUNE A YOUNG ORCHARD

16-02-2019

: 09.45 am - 3.30 pm

 The 'Prune a Young Orchard' Couse will take place on Saturday 16th February 2019 from 9.45 am to 3.00 pm.  The course will demonstrate pruning techniques and enable students to carry our formative pruning of young apple trees, under supervision.   More info

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LEARN TO PRUNE A NEGLECTED ORCHARD

02-02-2019

: 09.45 am - 3.30 pm

This course will enable participants to learn the basic principles and gain practical experience in managing a neglected orchard. The course will be led by Charles Staniland (renown orchard veteran!) More info

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