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Since 1991 we have been helping people create, restore and expand their orchards thoughout the northern part of Devon through a team of very experienced, dedicated and knowledgable people

Grafting and Pruning

Want to learn how to get the best from your Orchard?

Grafting PruningWant to learn how to get the best from your Orchard?

Learn how to propagate fruit trees through grafting and budding to make your own single variety trees.

Top working is another grafting method which enables the development of a multi-variety tree, or to change the variety if the host tree's apples are not wanted or liked.

Old, overgrown, neglected or unproductive trees or those producing small unhealthy fruit can be improved by careful pruning. Overgrown trees are at risk of damage in high winds.

                               Enjoy the taste of home-produced drinks made from your own fruit.

These courses are for those keen to have a go at cider and juice production at home.

Aspects covered include: suitable equipment and techniques for juicing, cider production and the storage of cider & juice. The courses combine both theory and practice.

Members have access to equipment hire. Also available is information about pressing services, books and bottle supplies

Apple Day Eggesford 2006Recognising apple qualities and which grow best in our locality

Visit our organized events where you can have your apples identified, see displays or look for new varieties.

Our magazine regularly features articles about interesting apples that have distinctive qualities both for dessert, juice or cider making.

For those wishing to cultivate their own trees and have learnt grafting in our courses we run scion (bud wood) exchange events.

Membership options and prices

INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL

£8/Year

Some Highlights For Members

Courses, events and meetings are now available in 2022 and many more are planned for 2023, so we hope you will join us..


  • Establishing a new orchard
  • Identifying varieties that grow well locally
  • Grafting your choice of trees
  • Pruning trees for the best quality of fruit
  • Making apple juice and cider
  • Equipment hire for members
  • An annual social event with a topical talk
  • Newsletter articles and information
  • Facebook Group
  • Library and books for sale

About Us

Since 1991 we have been helping people create, restore and expand their orchards thoughout the northern part of Devon through a team of very experienced, dedicated and knowledgable people.

We run many training courses throughout the year covering all aspects of 'standard' orchard management.

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