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Caring for fruit trees

Fruit trees need tender loving care (TLC) just like plants.

The dormant period in trees, during winter, especially for apples and pears, provides opportunity to give some special attention, that at other times of the year could be too stressful for the trees.

Fruit trees thrive on a bit of attention especially this time of year when the weather is cold and breezy. Pruning is one of the best things you can do for your fruit tree as long as you know what you are doing!

In the first few years, we prune to encourage growth, establish a good framework and encourage the development of fruit bearing spur systems. Later, once the tree is established, pruning will help productivity and will keep the tree healthy.

Don’t be afraid to have a go! If you stick with the basic rule to prune out dead, damaged or diseased wood and follow the principles and guidance from the Urban Orchard Project you can’t go far wrong.

Our founding partner, The Orchard Project has more pruning tips and advice on their website.

Enjoy.

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK