The first Tyfu Cymru Top Fruit Network workshop is going to be held at the Frank P Matthews Ltd. propagation nursery, Worcestershire (www.frankpmatthews.com). The nursery grows over 200 different varieties of apple for commercial orchard production and cider making, alongside other fruit and ornamental trees. The workshop will be specifically targeted towards top fruit production in Wales, addressing the unique combination of challenges and opportunities that growers in Wales will encounter, and will be relevant to both new and existing top fruit growers in Wales.

The first Tyfu Cymru Top Fruit Network workshop is going to be held at the Frank P Matthews Ltd. propagation nursery, Worcestershire (www.frankpmatthews.com). The nursery grows over 200 different varieties of apple for commercial orchard production and cider making, alongside other fruit and ornamental trees. The workshop will be specifically targeted towards top fruit production in Wales, addressing the unique combination of challenges and opportunities that growers in Wales will encounter, and will be relevant to both new and existing top fruit growers in Wales.

The first Tyfu Cymru Top Fruit Network workshop is going to be held at the Frank P Matthews Ltd. propagation nursery, Worcestershire (www.frankpmatthews.com). The nursery grows over 200 different varieties of apple for commercial orchard production and cider making, alongside other fruit and ornamental trees. The workshop will be specifically targeted towards top fruit production in Wales, addressing the unique combination of challenges and opportunities that growers in Wales will encounter, and will be relevant to both new and existing top fruit growers in Wales.

The day will address all aspects of establishing a commercial orchard, with specific focus on maximizing the potential of your orchards. The workshop will include talks from the nursery’s owner Nick Dunn, and ADAS top fruit consultants Janet Allen and Chris Creed alongside crop walks in the nursery orchards for practical demonstrations of top fruit stocks. Topics that will be covered on the day will include:

- Cultivar choice for farm shop, local market and processing for added value (e.g. juices, wines, perry/cider).

- Matching cultivars with climate and choosing a suitable planting site.

- Rootstock choices

- Pollination requirements and selection of compatible cultivars to ensure reliable yields

- Handling newly propagated material, including planting and early pruning and tree management.

The workshop is free for Tyfu Cymru network members and lunch will be provided, but please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements. The workshop will be eligible for BASIS/NRoSO points.

Workshop Program

10.00 Arrival Tea & Coffee

10.30 Cultivar and Rootstock Choice

11.30 Crop Walking – Propagation Material

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Growing for Processing

14.30 Propagation Material & Orchard Establishment

15.30 Close