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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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Events – Workshops – Courses

Summer 2024

Summer Orchard Open Day
Saturday 15 June, 2-5pm

Part of the Get Growing Trail 2024
organised by Bristol Food Network

Come and see the new pollinator-friendly areas recently planted as part of our community pollinator project, Bee Active, Bee Fruitful! Find out simple ways to enrich food sources for wild pollinators in urban gardens and allotments. How many different kinds of pollinators can you see in the orchard on the day?

All our public events raise funds for HOCO through the sale of homemade cake, refreshments, plants, preserves and produce. Visitors are also invited to support the orchard by joining as a Friend of HOCO on the day.

Summer Orchard Open Day Workshops
HOCO is offering these activities as fundraisers-by-donation on the day

  • Art in the Orchard led by Julian Gregg. Changing seasons and human activity inspire Julian’s watercolours, drawings and prints. All budding artists are welcome to enjoy this friendly plein air session. Bring your own art making materials, along with drinking water. Drop-in from 3pm to 5pm.
  • Learn to prune fruit trees – for beginners led by Shannon Smith. Introducing the basics of assessing, planning, and pruning trees for health and fruitfulness. 1-hour sessions at 2.30pm & 4pm.
    Please sign up to book a place:

Bee Active, Bee Fruitful!
Community Pollinator Project

People-power is turning the orchard into a year-round source of food 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.

Bee Active, Bee Fruitful! is a Bee Bold Community Pollinator Project part-funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). We are working with communities and nature to improve biodiversity and habitat for wild pollinators.

Get Growing Fruit Treesan introduction over a growing year

Sundays: 10 March, 12 May, 14 July, 15 September, 2pm – 4.30pm2 places available

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 (now half-price): £130 £65, £120 £60 (H&DAA / AOG member), £95 £47.50 (HOCO Friend member), £80 £40 (HOCO Harvest-share member)
    Deadline for applications: Friday 12 July, 2024.
    Apply using this link: Orchard Learning Courses 2024
    There is a selection process based on the application form and an informal phone chat.

Growing Season Pruning courses at HOCO

Pruning to strengthen the fruiting framework of trees of all ages, and help maintain mature trees at size that is easier to care for.
Plan and begin delayed dormant season pruning to reduce the size of established trees over more than one season.

Delayed dormant season pruning – Improvers** Large, mature trees in need of renovation and size reduction
        Saturday 29 June, 2pm-5pm (TBC)

Growing season pruning – Beginners* Apple & pear trees       
        Saturday 3 August, 2pm-5pm

Growing season pruning – Improvers** Apple & pear trees      
          Sunday 4 August, 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 – Saturday 15 June 2024, 2pm-5pm

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! Read 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.

Apple & Pear Grafting workshop with Tim Foster

Sunday 25 February, 10.30am – 1pm This workshop has ended

HOCO members are grafting more trees during March 2024. Keen to learn and hlep? Find out how to Join us as a Working or Friend Member. We hope to organise more workshops in 2025.

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.

Join us as a Working or Friend Member

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