Fruit tree planting workshop

Date to be announced

The workshop will be held from 11am to 3pm at Racehill Community Orchard, Brighton.

Get experience planting fruit trees and learn what you need to consider when planting them.

Our tutors have many years of experience between them in planting fruit trees in the most varied situations imaginable. Fruit trees need to be given the best possible start – if planted properly, you have the best chance of being rewarded with decades of fresh fruit.

What will the Fruit tree planting workshop cover?

This workshop will give you plenty of hands-on experience planting fruit trees with guidance from the tutors. We will demonstrate the planting technique we have developed  over many years, using techniques and materials which will ensure the best possible start for your trees in a variety of conditions. You will also be helping with the development of Racehill Community Orchard.

Deciding which tree(s) to plant can be a complicated business, but we will briefly look at the basics you need to consider including selecting varieties, rootstocks and pollination. We will also touch on how to grow fruit trees in small spaces and plant cordon trees against fences, walls, etc.

VideoWatch an introduction to our fruit tree planting technique (opens in a pop-up window).

Who is the Fruit tree planting workshop for?

The workshop is open to anyone over the age of 16, and no prior knowledge is necessary. It is relevant to anyone wanting to plant one or more fruit tree in their garden, school, allotment or in a community location.

The the majority of the workshop will entail some digging and moderately heavy work, but participants should not feel obliged to do anything they don't feel up to. Do dress appropriately, however, as we will not be deterred by poor weather conditions.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this workshop, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

These will include a practical planting, slides and discussions. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to plant trees in your own space.

This course is not accredited, but participants who complete the entire workshop will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the workshop.


Bryn Thomas has 20 years of experience planting and growing fruit trees in a variety of locations. He is an experienced tutor and has led many orchard planting days.


We will meet at the cabin at:
Racehill Community Orchard
Swanborough Drive
Brighton, BN2 5QB

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.


Fees include tuition and information sheets.

  • £18 Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £18 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £15- Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £12 - Individual waged less than 18k/yr
  • £5 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)
  • £0 - Free places for Brighton Permaculture Trust and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership volunteers

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of our these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Fruit tree planting workshop

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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Book the 27 January 2019 workshop


Contact us

For further information or if you have problems with your registration, please contact us.

  • Julie
    "I loved the fact that we could all have a go at the different stages of planting: digging, planting depths, learning how to tie and secure, etc, and using different tools."


  • Catherine
    "Good to get stuck in with practical work at the start - very knowledgeable teachers & good at sharing that knowledge."


  • Alan
    "I liked that the practical element was the complete planting process in a 'real' situation."


  • Juliet
    "All the BPT courses I have been on have been very good, well planned, clear and well organised. The mix of discussion and hands on was about right. I have planted fruit trees before, but now I feel I have a better understanding of how to do it right."

    Juliet Merrifield

  • Susan
    "We were at that particular venue to help plant trees for them, as well as learn how to do it. It was lovely just to be able to support another community with their project."


  • Graham
    "It is a pleasure to receive tuition from such a knowledgeable teacher as Bryn. The weather was appalling, but this did not 'dampen' my experience at all."

    Graham Watson

  • Gill
    "Good advice, well presented - encouraging and friendly."


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