As part of our work to increase the supply of truly sustainable food to Greater Manchester we are undertaking the mammoth task of creating 500 apple trees over the weekend of 24th and 25th March 2012.
We are therefore seeking up to twenty people to be taught the skill of apple grafting and we will each be tasked with ‘creating twenty or so’ fruit trees. These trees will be kept at a temporary nursery in Moss Brooke Growers land near Glazebury over the coming years (they will not be generating apples for 3 or 4 years.) We will then donate the maturing trees to community orchards and organic farmers across Greater Manchester.
Apple grafting involves cutting & combining a shoot of one tree to the rootstock of another and binding them until they grow into each other. We have scions (branches to be grafted onto the roots) from a range of apple varieties suited for our climate, including 200 cider apple trees. For a detailed slideshow of apple grafting please visit: http://kindling.org.uk/galleries/apple-grafting-course
Volunteers will receive food, refreshments and transportation from Central Manchester. Training will be carried out by Adam Davies, an orchard manager from Herefordshire. Places are limited but anyone wishing to apply can email firstname.lastname@example.org saying which day (the Saturday or Sunday) would suit you best.