Two-Day Training on 16th and 17th May, 10am-4pm.
Stave Hill Ecological Park
Join The Orchard Project for a two-day introduction to Resilient and Healthy Orchards, including pests, disease, and soil management. You’ll come away feeling more confident about your trees being healthy and highly productive. Here’s what you’ll be learning:
Saturday with Russell Miller: recognising and boosting biodiversity in orchards; assessing tree health; common orchard pests; common orchard diseases; strategies for promoting tree health.
Sunday with Lewis McNeill: soil science; soil texture; soil food webs; soil structure; boosting soil biodiversity.
This course is part of a weekend training series including “Orchard Foundation Weekend Course” and “Orchard Survey and Design Weekend Course.” Participants can attend just one weekend if they choose, but those who attend two or three of the courses will be granted a discount price.
About the tutors
Lewis McNeill is a project manager for the Orchard Project. He has worked as an environmental educator and activist for over ten years, with a particular interest in ecologically sustainable food systems. Lewis is currently completing his diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
Russell Miller left a career as a solicitor to work closer to nature. He helped to start the Orchard Project, is involved with Trees for Life in Scotland, and also runs the Tree Musketeers, a volunteer group that plants trees in Hackney. He also works studying, protecting and enhancing Abney Park Cemetery Nature Reserve.
Feedback on past training
“Very informative. Russell clearly has great knowledge and his teaching style was relaxed and the inclusive & conversational tone helps me to absorb information!”
“Great, brilliant, [Lewis has] an awesome wealth of knowledge … Really very fascinating. Big thanks“