24th or 25th June, 1st or 3rd July  9.30 – 12.30


Whether you have a small garden with just a few fruit trees, or you want a large orchard, winter is the time to plant deciduous fruit trees. This workshop will look at the soil preparation, planting and training of young deciduous fruit trees.

Winter is also a traditional time to prune deciduous fruit trees. We will also show you how to maintain mature fruit trees, cleaning up and pruning, to shape trees, minimise disease and maximise fruit production.

Orchard and soil health, fertilising and watering will be covered.

To share their breadth of knowledge we have passionate fruit tree grower and member of the Rare Fruit Society Chris Day ( Every Day Sustainable Living http://everydaysustainableliving.com/about/ ) and fifth generation orchardist Wez Redden, who has been helping me with fruit tree pruning for more than 20 years in my orchard here at Sophie’s Patch and at other properties.

man and woman pruning fruit tree

Numbers are strictly limited so book early.


If your preferred session is booked out please choose your preferred day and then put your details on our waitlist and we will contact you if another date becomes available.

Weather Cancellation Policy

If the weather is inclement, Sophie may decide to change the date of this workshop.  Please check your emails the night before the workshop.  


We are monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic situation and the governments health advice closely and will follow all directions.

At this stage we expect to be able to run this event, however if this changes we will of course refund your tickets.

Don’t miss out on a Sophie’s Patch event again….