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Dead, crossed or poor shape

Neil helped us prune the apples and pears this week. My recollection of his key messages: first cut out dead wood; then take out branches which cross; and finally focus on the shape of the tree – with the aim of opening up the centre to allow air to flow and get to the fruit. Hopefully there’s plenty of blossom buds left and our careful pruning will improve our harvest!

We also pruned the vine, gooseberries and autumn fruiting raspberrries; and tidied various corners of the Gardens. The snowdrops are coming, but the lovely cold weather means that so far they are not getting ahead of themselves!