Care of fruit trees

Saturday 16 May 2020 – booking suspended
The course runs from 9.30am to 5.00pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
On this course, you will learn the basics of how to care for fruit trees of all ages. Particular attention will be given to how to establish young trees effectively and how to care for trees so that they remain healthy and productive. This course is designed to complement the Planning and planting a small orchard course.

What will the Care of fruit trees course cover?

Topics covered will include:

  • Caring for young trees
  • Watering
  • Feeding, compost and mulching
  • Growing healthy trees and maintaining a healthy orchard
  • Management of land between trees including meadows, companion plants and other crops
  • Recognising pests / diseases and how to deal with them organically where necessary
  • Some pruning basics (there is not time to cover this fully on this course)
  • Growing trees in small spaces
  • Picking and storage
  • Sources of further information, networks and project

This course will not cover the selection and planting of fruit trees/orchards, which is covered in the Planning and planting a small orchard course.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to anyone over the age of 16, and no prior knowledge is necessary. It is relevant to anyone caring for fruit trees in a garden or a small orchard. It is particularly suitable for those with young fruit trees to care for. It will be of interest to those caring for community and school orchards.

The course will include two short walks of around one mile. Do dress appropriately, as we will not be deterred by poor weather conditions.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

These will include slides, discussions, and guided walks looking at newly planted trees, fence trained trees, established orchards and our fruit tree nursery. By the end of the day, you should have grasped the essentials of how to care for fruit trees, both young and mature.

This course is not accredited, but course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutors

Bryn Thomas, fruit projects manager for Brighton Permaculture Trust. Particular areas of interest include fruit growing, pruning and forest gardening.

Peter May, a horticulturalist who is jointly responsible for the management of several community orchards and runs regular courses for Brighton Permaculture Trust and Plumpton Agricultural College on a range of orchard skills. He is co-author of Apples & Orchards in Sussex and has propagated over a thousand Sussex apple trees.


Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.


Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.

    • £175 – Sponsored/organisation rate
    • £175 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
    • £140 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
    • £105 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
    • £56 – Individual, concessionary rate (check your eligibility)*
    • £10 – Individual, Sussex Apple Steward rate (for those who attended SAS session on 9/3/19 or 13/4/19)

* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the  cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Care of fruit trees course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses and events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven’t received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the ‘Pay later’ box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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16 May 2020 course – booking suspended

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