Winter pruning of Apples and Pears – a very fruitful day at Earth Trust in Oxfordshire

A reprise of my day out last year at the Earth Trust in Oxfordshire. You should have a look at their range of courses – it’s close to Le Manoir au Quatre Saisons, if you were looking for somewhere to stay …

The Teddington Gardener

IMG_3008On my way this morning to Oxfordshire, just off the quiet M40 motorway at J7 and into the great quiet expanse of this beautiful county. Windmills, golden stone, thatched rooves. Pretty as a Picture. And a note for a stop-over next time I venture this way, or perhaps over to Waterperry Gardens which are not far…

IMG_3010Not today, Le Manoir, but not that far from home really and they do gardening courses too I’m sure… But I passed by, crossing the Thames at Clifton Hampden over a delightful (once tolled) bridge designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (

IMG_3024IMG_3013IMG_3030… before heading up the only rise in the landscape to the Earth Trust Centre where the day’s events were planned.

IMG_3050IMG_3095Our classroom for the day (above, not below)

IMG_3096The centre has a commanding 360° panorama from this slight promintory over the surrounding countryside, hardly warmed by the emerging sun.

IMG_3068I was…

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