July field-day – Apple pruning and Hazelnuts, overnighter….
This event is scheduled over two days and features an apple tree pruning workshop at a Levin orchard, overnight accommodation at Nga Tawa Girls School at Marton – including dinner and two guest speakers.
Then on Sunday, visiting a commercial hazelnut orchard north-west of Hunterville.
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July 2014
Saturday – 10.00am – Apple Orchard – Hokio Beach Road Levin.
Here we join with the Wgtn/Horowhenua Treecrops branch for a hands-on pruning day.
We get professional tuition on pruning, experiencing both restorative pruning and annual maintenance techniques. You will get to physically prune apple trees. We lunch at the orchard.
Bring – your lunch, loppers, pruning saw and secateurs, a coat and suitable footwear.
A pruning ladder too if possible, although some ladders are available on site.
4.30pm – ‘Nga Tawa Girls School’, Calico Line Marton. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
pre-dinner socializing. 6.00pm dinner, followed by two speakers.
First presentation – Dr Mike Nichols [retired ex Massey] speaking on his horticultural adventures around the world. Mike is a horticultural consultant and has travelled the globe advising on food production for a number of years [hands-on stuff we can relate to]. He still regularly visits remote and amazing locations and is widely versed in horticulture… even commercial-hydroponic cannabis production [for medicinal use… of course]!
Second presentation – Murray Redpath, speaking on hazelnuts. Murray is chairperson of the NZ Hazelnut Growers Assn and is the leading authority on hazelnut production in the country. He is also an experienced nurseryman and commercial grower.
Sunday – 10.00am Hazelnut Orchard, Turakina Valley Road, Hunterville.
[21kms from Hunterville via Ongo Road]. This property is located in an isolated and idyllic spot, comprising 4000 established hazelnut trees. Here we get a guided tour of the operation plus a pruning demonstration [weather permitting] by Murray Redpath.
Bring your lunch, suitable footwear and a coat.
Both the Levin apple pruning workshop and Hunterville hazelnut orchard visit are free entry events.