Horfield Organic Community Orchard gets wassailed

March 11 2019
Horfield Organic Community Orchard gets wassailed

Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) was well Wassailed by more than 300 people raising the orchard spirits with a collective holler.

The event was also a ceremonial conclusion for participants who completed Orchard Learning Programme 2018. The tough growing season created memorable conditions for active learning, and a lean harvest provided food for thought.

Orchard Learning Programme 2019 - a month-by-month guide to a growing year runs from March to November. A 2018 participant described the course as “a wonderfully complete immersion in the year of the orchard”. Another said, “Shannon is a great teacher, and phenomenally knowledgeable about fruit growing. I can’t think of a better way to learn than having hands-on experience of every form and variety of fruit tree”.

There’s also a new crop of short courses to pick from. Get Growing Fruit Trees - an introduction, is a 4-month guide to the basics of fruit tree care, using real trees in relationship with seasonal and local conditions. Coming up in March (16-17th ) is a hands-on Winter Pruning workshop.

Are you new to fruit trees, and not sure what to grow? Planning and caring for fruit grown in small spaces is a one-day introductory course on Saturday 27 April.

Courses take place in HOCO’s rich and varied outdoor learning environment. Learners will work with real trees, and learn by doing. They’re led by Shannon Smith, a knowledgeable and down-to-earth tutor. Group sizes are small, and early booking is advised.

More information on the HOCO website: https://tinyurl.com/OLcourses2019