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Apple Day Tasting Table – October 2022

All are welcome to come along and enjoy the orchard at our public events: Wassail in January, Summer Orchard Open Day in June, and Apple Day in October.
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Courses – Volunteer Days – Workshops

Spring 2024

Apple & Pear Grafting workshop with Tim Foster

Sunday 25 February, 10.30am – 1pm

Expert fruit grafter, Tim Foster, leads this learning and fundraising session at HOCO. Workshop participants will graft apples and pears for sale at the HOCO Apple Day. They also have the opportunity to graft trees to take away on the day.

Rootstocks available are: M27 (very dwarfing), M9 (dwarfing), M26 (moderately dwarfing), Quince C (moderately dwarfing).
You are welcome to bring your own scion material.

Cost: £15, includes one tree to take away
HOCO members – Free
Grafted tree to take away – £5 each

Please sign-up with this form: HOCO Grafting workshops 2024

Get Growing Fruit Trees – an introduction over a growing year

Sundays: 10 March, 12 May, 14 July, 15 September, 2pm – 4.30pm

This course is the ideal way into active HOCO membership for beginners. It takes particpants through the cycles of seasonal care to boost knowlege, skills and confidence. No previous experience needed.

  • March – Know your trees, their care needs, site, and soil
  • May – Pests, diseases, disorders and resilience
  • July – Pruning & Fruit thinning – why and how
  • September – Harvest, storage & preservation

    Course fee: £130, £120 (H&DAA / AOG member), £95 (HOCO Friend member), £80 (HOCO Harvest-share member)
    Deadline for applications: Friday 8 March, 2024.
    Apply using this link: Orchard Learning Courses 2024
    There is a selection process based on the application form and an informal phone chat.

Bee Active, Bee Fruitful!
Community Pollinator Project Volunteer sessions

Are you a community pollinator? Come along and lend us a hand. People-power is all we need to turn the orchard into a year-round source of forage and shelter for the many kindly and diverse insects we rely on for fruit pollination. If they become hungry and homeless – so will we.

Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm
Tasks range from deep digging of bramble roots to softer sieving of mulch materials. Please get in touch for more information: Contact Us

More community volunteer dates coming soon!

Dormant Season Pruning courses at HOCO

Pruning to form the fruiting framework of young trees, and renew the wood on mature trees. Plan for delayed dormant season pruning to reduce the size of established trees over more than one season.

Dormant season pruning – Beginners* Apple & pear trees        
        Saturday 16 March, 2pm-5pm

Dormant season pruning – Improvers** Apple & pear trees        
        Sunday 17 March, 2pm-5pm

*Beginners – no previous experience needed
**Improvers – at least 2 years experience, plus participation in a practical pruning course

  • Courses cover:
    • Planning
    • Pruning technique & Tools
    • Forming and training young trees
    • Free-standing and trained trees
    • Renewing fruiting wood on established trees
    • Restoring older trees

Course fees include a 3-hour small group session, and 3 hours one-to-one follow-up session(s)*:
£130; £120 (member of AOG or H&DAA)  £100 (HOCO Friend member); £90 (HOCO Harvest-share member)
Apply using this link: Orchard Learning Courses 2024

*Gardens, allotments, community projects in the Bristol area. Get in touch for a chat if your trees are growing outside the Bristol area.

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Community Events & Celebrations – 2024

Summer Orchard Open Day – June 2024 – date to be confirmed

Apple Day – Sunday 20 October, 2024

Celebrate the hard work and joy of the apple harvest. HOCO grafted trees for sale. Fresh-press apple juice and home made cake! Here’s how national Apple Day began in 1990

Wassail – January 2025 – date to be confirmed

Wake up the orchard for another year of health, happiness and harvest.