Community orchard training
Learn how to care for newly planted fruit trees. We will also look at how to engage children and the community in fruit pressing and cookery. This course is designed to complement the Planning and Planting a Small Orchard course.
Course 1: Saturday 18 May 2013
Course 2: Monday 20 May 2013
The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
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What will the Community Orchard Training course cover?
The day course will cover the basics of how to nurture newly planted fruit trees during their vulnerable first few years – watering, feeding, pest and disease prevention are all included. You will also participate in some hands on apple cookery, make juice on a traditional apple press, and get other ideas for how you might celebrate your apple harvest with your friends or community.
Who is the course for?
The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and no prior knowledge is necessary.
Originally planned for the schools and communities which we have assisted with small orchard planting, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in caring for young fruit trees and/or those wishing to celebrate fruit and engage adults or children in making things with fruit.
The practical element of the course involves cookery and juice making. The making of fruit juice using a traditional press involves some heavy work, but participants are welcome to join in or not as they see fit.
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, discusions, a practical cookery session, a practical apple pressing session and also a guided walk looking at newly planted trees, established orchards and our apple nursery.
Anne-Marie Bur, co-organiser of school and community orchards projects
Bryn Thomas, co-organiser of school and community orchards projects
Peter May, fruit expert
Robin van Creveld, Community Chef
Stephan Gehrels, apple juicer extraordinaire
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex), Brighton. Click here for directions to our meeting point near the church in Stanmer Park.
Click here for details of local accommodation and to find out about Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include lunch, tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.
£145 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£145 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£115 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£85 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
£55 - Individual, concessionary rate (please read below)
Free places for orchard leaders from supported projects (by invitation only)
Concessionary rates are available to people in receipt of a state pension, means-tested benefits (including housing benefit, council tax benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit (income does not exceed £16,190) and/or Child Tax Credit), and full-time students. Please bring evidence of this to the course.
We endeavour to make our courses/events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of our courses/events and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
See the cancellations and refunds policy.
Booking the Community Orchard Training course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/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/event. 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 tick the pay later box, 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, 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. This will also be the only option available if the course is nearly fully booked.
Be certain that you understand ALL the information on this page, then:
Register here for Community orchard training, 18 May 2013*
Register here for Community orchard training, 20 May 2013*
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If places are available, you will automatically be taken to the booking form.
What does this course lead on to?
Related courses and events that may be of interest to course participants:
• Planning and planting a small orchard
• Apple day
• Pruning old fruit trees
• Forest gardening
• Fruit tree grafting
• Fruit cookery sessions and cookery leader courses led by the Community Chef
These short specialist courses are not accredited.
For further information or if you have problems with your registration, please contact us.