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Exciting Grafting Workshop Spring 2016

posted 14 Nov 2015, 09:48 by David Taplin   [ updated 14 Nov 2015, 09:50 ]
Saturday 12th March 10 am - 3:30 pm, Rotherfield Village Hall, TN6 3LX, early bird = £40


We will be reproducing heritage varieties of fruit trees from the Rotherfield Millennium Green and YOUR GARDEN........

Peter May who teaches grafting for Plumpton College and the Brighton Permaculture Trust is coming to Rotherfield on SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2016 to teach us the essentials of grafting.

We will meet at the Rotherfield Village Hall to practice inside and then will take our new skills up to the Hornshurst Forest Garden to graft onto unusual root-stocks.

This will be a great opportunity for you to conserve your favourite tree (you can take it home) and to be part of the planting of the community food forest up at Hornshurst Wood.

Saturday 12th March 10 am - 3:30 pm, Rotherfield Village Hall, TN6 3LX, early bird = £40 (max 12 places).

This workshop allows participants to carry out a simple grafting technique that is used in the production of many fruit and ornamental trees and by the end of the day those taking part will be able to graft their own fruit tree.  The afternoon is spent at the Hornshurst Wood Forest Garden grafting fruit trees onto some unusual root-stocks

The course covers the collection of suitable grafting material and its storage, the different types of rootstocks used, tying materials and sharpening knives suitable for grafting.  Much of the time will be spent practising on apple wood the different cuts used before completing a graft.

All the materials used on the course will be supplied, although you are welcome to bring your own grafting knife.

Participants are also welcome to bring their own scions from their favourite tree (Apple, Plum, Quince, Medlar or Pear) in order to graft it into the forest garden and/or to take it home to grow.

(Please specify that you would like to do this at time of booking, so we can send details about how to collect grafting material- this must be done in January.)

Please contact to book. 


Peter has a background in commercial horticulture and has spent the last ten years working with the Brighton Permaculture Trust and other organisations, planting orchards in schools and working with community groups.  He is the co-author of a cultural history of apple growing in the county “Apples and Orchards in Sussex” and has a fruit tree nursery in Cooksbridge.