By the end of the day the group 37 trees had been created and 21 of these were planted in a nursery bed on Orchard49. Those that are successful will be sold to raise funds for upkeep of the Orchard. Everyone who participated could also take a tree (or two!) away with them.
We also grafted 2 new varieties for the orchard with cuttings (called scions) Tom brought along. Those two varieties are Pitmaston Pineapple and Golden Noble. We will post more about how the trees are doing later in the year. Here are some photos of the day.
Firstly we have a table of cuttings - these get grafted (joined) to rootstock and bound together to make a tree using a whip and tongue graft.
The next photos show the process to create a new tree.
|Beginning the process - exposing the cambium layer|
|Making a cut into the wood|
|Each side of the graft with whip and tongue cut in to allow the pieces to join together|
|Two pieces joined and bound to protect the graft.|
|From the left: Tom, Georgina, Lorna, Laura, Anuraag, Nikki, Suzy, Alan|
|From the left: Tom, Georgina and Rupa|
|From the left: Alan and Robert (Tom, Georgina and Rupa)|
Many thanks to Unicorn Grocery for funding the session, it wouldn't have been possible without you. Thanks also to Tom for sharing his skills and to everyone who worked so hard to make new trees on the day. And those trees you took away with you, hope they live many a long year.
Tom can be reached on: 01691 777512 or 07776 498936