DIARY DATES NOVEMBER

Shows, talks, tours, fruit and veg growing, fruit pruning & more.

PLEASE NOTE We have made every effort to ensure these details were correct at the time of going to press, but recommend you check with the organisers before travelling

SHOWS, TALKS AND TOURS

RHS London Urban Gardening Show November 12-13. RHS Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1. For those with small gardens, balconies or just a window box; 10am-6pm. www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

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Fruit history tour November 14. East Malling Research Centre, Kent. History of fruit science at the research centre, focusing on harvesting pruning and storage. 10.30am-1.30pm. Book on 01732 523755 www.emr.ac.uk/short-courses

Planning your organic garden – day course at Ryton Organic Gardens November

FRUIT AND VEGE GROWING

Growing apples, pears, plums & cherries November 12. West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex. Choice and care of a wide range of fruits, 9am-5pm. Book on 01243 811301 www.westdean.org.uk

No-dig vege growing November 12-13. Alhampton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Intensive course on growing for market, by Charles Dowding. 01749 860292 www.charlesdowding.co.uk

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Planning your organic garden November 16. Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry. Introductory course; 10am-4pm. 02476 303517 www.gardenorganic.org.uk

Care of the fruit garden in winter November 19. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey. Planting and caring for fruit trees and bushes; 10.30am-4pm. Book on 020 317 65830 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Planning and planting a small orchard November 26. Stanmer Park, Brighton, East Sussex. Fruit selection and planting techniques; 9.30am-5pm. Book on 07746 185927 www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk

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Fruit tree planting workshop November 27. Community Orchard, Peacehaven, East Sussex. How to get the best possible start for your trees; 10am-4pm. Book on 07746 185927 www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk

Winter fruit tree pruning at Barnsdale Gardens –an introductory course

FRUIT PRUNING

Fruit tree pruning November 12. Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich, Worcestershire. Practical course organised by Pershore College, 9.30am-3.30pm. Book on 01386 554609 www.warwickshire.ac.uk/RHS

Winter pruning of tree fruit November 15. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey. Talk and demonstration; includes apples, pears and quinces; 10.30am-1pm. Book on 020 317 65830 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

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Pruning fruit trees November 15. Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland. Introductory course covering a wide range of fruit trees, 10am-12.30pm. Book on 01572 813200, www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Pruning fruit made easy December 7. Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, Oxfordshire. Beginner’s guide to pruning fruit bushes and trees; 10 am-3.30pm. 01844 339254 www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

Trained fruit December 7. Thornhayes Nursery, Dulford, Cullompton, Devon. How to grow fruit in restricted spaces – as cordons, fans, pyramids, etc; 1.30-4pm. Book on 01884 266746, www.thornhayes-nursery.co.uk

Traditional orchard management December 14. Thornhayes Nursery, Dulford, Cullompton, Devon. Hands on day learning orchard management and pruning; 9.30am-3.30pm. Book on 01884 266746, www.thornhayes-nursery.co.uk

OTHER COURSES

Compost making November 10. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex. Materials, methods and containers, 11am-1pm. Book on 020 317 65830 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

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