Education and Courses

Orchard design course

    Date: Autumn 2012 TBA

    Venue: Brogdale Farm, Faversham, Kent

    This 1-day training course is intended for anyone thinking of establishing an orchard or becoming involved in a community orchard project. You will learn about the various aspects of designing a new orchard, including how to assess your orchard site, different planting patterns, and how to determine the number and choice of fruit tree varieties. At the end of the course you should be confident about starting your own orchard project.

    The course is being held at Brogdale Farm, which is 5 minutes off the M2 motorway near Faversham in Kent. Brogdale Farm is the home of the UK National Fruit Collections and there will be an opportunity to visit the Collections during the day.

    Dates to be advised in due course.

    Topics covered:

    Orchard objectives, kinds of fruit, uses

    Site survey and evaluation

    Choice of rootstock and planting distance

    Planting pattern

    Number and choice of varieties

    Orchard layout

    Projected yield

    Field exercises:

    A site survey and appraisal exercise and a planting pattern exercise.

    Case studies:

    Discussion of sites of particular interest to you.

    You will need:

    Warm outdoor clothes including boots, a clipboard, writing materials and calculator. You are encouraged to bring photos of your own site and/or trees for the case study discussion.

    Knowledge of the basics of fruit growing, and preferably some experience, will be helpful.

    The capacity to be active outdoors.

    Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

    Course tutor

    Dr Philip Wilson has worked in various aspects of top fruit culture and plant propagation and has an orchard containing over 120 varieties.

    Philip will be supported by Richard Borrie, the Editor of



    There is a 15% discount per person for groups of 4 or more.

    Number of places


    Booking, cancellation and refunds

    To reserve your place, please click the 'Add to Basket' button below, and then follow the instructions to complete the checkout process. You will not be asked to pay at this time but your place will be reserved. We will request payment nearer the time.

    You can cancel your place at any time until you have paid. If you wish to cancel after you have paid, we will refund your payment less a 10% booking charge.

    Recommended reading

    General background can be found in any popular text, such as:

    Baker, H. Growing Fruit. 1999. Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Practical Gardening Series. Mitchell Beazley, London. ISBN 1 84000153 4.

    Hessayon, D.G. 1995. The Fruit Expert. Expert Books, Transworld Publishers, London.

    If you have any other questions about the content of this course, you can get in touch with us here. Full joining instructions will be sent nearer the time.


    Item Price Places
    Orchard design course - autumn 2012 TBA £19.95

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