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Lost Shropshire apples

Take a look at our collection of rare borderland apple varieties.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 10th November 2018, under Uncategorised


Chip budding

I’ve just removed the grafting tape off grafts I did in June. Here’s a nicely taken chip bud with the bud looking healthy…

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Posted by Tom Adams on 10th September 2018, under Uncategorised


Brown rot

Even a barrow full of rotten apples looks good…

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Posted by Tom Adams on 7th September 2018, under Uncategorised


Summer pruning

Just pruned this ‘Meridian ‘ espalier

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Posted by Tom Adams on 5th September 2018, under Uncategorised


New nursery site

We have now bought 6.5 acres of south facing pasture land on which we will move the nursery to over the next few years. These photos were taken this June in the middle of the dry spell we had. It has now greened up nicely since the rains. Plans for the new site include obtaining […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 27th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Certificate on Community Orcharding

The Orchard Project have been running a certified course in community orcharding over the last two years. I’ve been teaching the summer pruning and grafting part. Saturday’s session at Audley End was the fourth course and this time the summer pruning was brilliantly taught by Gemma Sturges. The photos show espaliers being pruned by students […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 27th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Ramial Chipped Wood

We’re using willow wood chip as a mulch for the nursery and orchard. The willow is growing in a corner of the nursery, split into two sections and coppiced on a two year cycle. This ensures we get fresh chip every year and there is also lots of flowers every spring as an early source […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 13th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Grafting

We’ve begun chip budding apples in the nursery

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Posted by Tom Adams on 23rd July 2018, under Uncategorised


Bio fertiliser

Just made the first batch of bio fertiliser for spraying the trees in the nursery and orchard.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 16th July 2018, under Uncategorised


Sugar Plums

These sweet hedgerow plums were found growing near Oswestry and are known locally as sugar plums. I will be grafting them onto plum rootstocks next week and trees will be ready for sale a year in November

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Posted by Tom Adams on 8th July 2018, under Uncategorised


Making rainbows…

Spraying the nursery trees with garlic oil and seaweed extract to help boost the trees immune system, increase photosynthesis levels and as a pest deterrent

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Posted by Tom Adams on 28th June 2018, under Uncategorised


Roundwood pergola

I made this pergola for the wedding venue at Bromwich Park recently using Douglas fir from cynynion timber

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Posted by Tom Adams on 4th June 2018, under Uncategorised