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Pruning With Clifford Cain

Last update: 25.02.11 First posted: 25.02.11 by in

Last Saturday our second Growing Course attracted 13 hardy Calderdale council tax payers. The pruning course was tutored by Clifford Cain. Ferney Lee school kindly made available the ‘lab’ for the taught part. Then we braved the cold and damp for the practical session. The school has a wild garden, which is open to the public. We had the opportunity of being shown how to prune its young fruit trees by Clifford. And the trees certainly were in need of much restorative pruning. Clifford is a member of the Northern Fruit Group and a commercial grower of long experience and great knowledge. He takes courses at Harlow Carr for the RHS.

Clifford Cain demonstrates pruning an apple tree at the course held at Ferney Lee school.
We learnt the difference, by vegetative identification alone, between apple, pear and stone fruit trees, which is not necessarily as easy as it sounds in winter.
Demonstrating restorative pruning on the Course in the wild garden at Ferney Lee School
This is very important because stone fruit is not pruned during full winter dormancy, but in late spring or summer.
Identifying fruit buds and canker on the course with Clifford Cain at Ferney Lee school.
He told us how to tell fruit buds from growth buds and what canker looks like.
Ferney Lee School wild garden - pruning course
The most important thing is to establish structure to a young tree so that it grows productively and healthily.
Colder and colder at Ferney Lee on the pruning course
I learnt a great deal with our colleagues from the upper Calder valley.

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