Planting & Caring for an Orchard

Event Date:

November 14, 2023

Event Time:

9:30 am

Event Location:

Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens

Join us at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens for a half-day introduction course on planting and caring for an orchard.

Taught by Teagasc-trained commercial horticulturist Chris Troy, this half day course is a comprehensive introduction to planning and planting an apple orchard!

Chris has over 40 years practical experience of creating, and caring for, domestic orchards across Ireland. He’s an active member of Future Orchards in Glanmire and runs a number of courses on planting, grafting, pruning and fruit thinning on site each year. 

In his friendly, down to earth and practical teaching style Chris will introduce you to the basics of planning, planting and caring for an orchard be it for 3 or 30 trees! You’ll also have an opportunity to taste proper homegrown and home-juiced apple juice and other products from Chris’ apple harvest.

  • DATE: Tuesday November 14th, 2023
  • TIMES: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • VENUE: Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry, Co Cork
  • COST: Just €60 when you sign up through NOTS – more than 30% reduction on full course price
  • PARTICIPANTS: Limited (Sign up ASAP to confirm your place)

Please note – to qualify for the NOTS rate, you must be a) resident in Ireland; and b) employed in any sector (either full-time or part-time). If you are not currently in employment – please sign up directly through Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Course Elements / Breakdown:

    • What You’ll Learn: 
      • How to grow apples organically
      • How to plan your orchard – from soil preparation to harvesting
      • How to plant an apple tree
      • Orchard care and maintenance (pruning, pest control, disease prevention)
      • How to store apples through the winter

      Course Elements: 

      • Indoor and Outdoor Classroom time
      • A practical demonstration on how to site a orchard as well as planting the trees and how to place the stake correctly
      • A visit to our orchard

Sign up below – please note course places are limited so sign up ASAP to confirm your place. Any questions, email us at

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Total Seats: 20
  • Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens
  • Shanagarry
  • Co. Cork
  • P25 R274

Event Schedule Details

  • November 14, 2023 9:30 am
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