Heritage Orchard Restoration

Pruning Workshop
Sunday, April 11, 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Lunch & Learn

The Annapolis Valley region is rich in fertile fruit-lands, however, many of the Valley’s old orchards have fallen into neglect. But these forgotten fruit groves represent a valuable local food resource.

This morning workshop will focus on one such orchard in need of some love, just outside of Bridgetown NS. We’ll be guided by experienced fruit-tree pruners Deryk and Sarah and learn how to restore an old apple orchard to bring it back to abundant production.

This workshop will conclude with lunch in the orchard inspired by apple abundance!



The workshop will include a brief overview of tool selection, maintenance and safety precautions. Pruners (secateurs), loppers, pruning saw and safety equipment will be available at the event – if you have any of these items, please bring them along.

Site Assessment

We’ll tour a forgotten orchard and identify the trouble spots and learn to identify recovery potential in an old orchard.

Orchard Restoration

We’ll learn how to safely prune and restore our demonstration orchard into a productive fruit forest using simple tools and techniques. We’ll learn about the value of these established agricultural lands, and how to maintain them year-over-year for optimal production.

Fruit feast

Stick around after our workshop concludes to enjoy the fruits of our labour. An orchard-inspired lunch is included and will be served outside.


Elements Bridgetown410 Church St BridgetownNova Scotia B0S 1C0 Canada Directions


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