Craft Skills in Garden Conservation: Trained Fruit in Historic Kitchen Gardens

Delivered by PlantNetwork for the Craft Skills for Garden Conservation Erasmus+ Project

We were joined on 15 March 2022 by over 80 participants for this free webinar to hear from:

  • Jim Arbury, RHS Fruit Specialist
  • Andy Lewis, Lead Fruit Grower, The Newt in Somerset
  • Ceridwen Davies, Dyffryn Gardens, National Trust
  • Susan Campbell, Walled Kitchen Garden Network
  • Mick Brown, Production Garden Manager, Chatsworth House (with team)
  • Hervé Mauclère, Yvette Vallée Community Orchard
  • Hilary Theaker, Keeper of the Kitchen Garden, Hampton Court
  • Chair: Kate Nicoll


  • The importance of wall fruit in the history of kitchen gardens
  • Exploiting microclimates for a wide range of fruit: how a new design utilises historic knowledge to react to affects of climate change
  • Fruit growing as an art form
  • Walls, wires, tags and trellises
  • Choice of cultivars and rootstocks
  • Pruning Lorette v. modified Lorette
  • Indoor trained fruit: peaches, grapes and figs
  • Fruit growing in community settings: training people to train fruit

Go to: for more information and to watch the recordings of the webinar.