Only the fruit trees require regular pruning. Apples and pears
should be spur pruned during the winter whilst the plum and
apricot should NEVER be winter pruned and only need new growth
either cutting back of thinning out during the early summer.
All the larger trees were inspected by a qualified tree surgeon
in 2003. Some remedial work was carried out on the Ash tree
where a fungal infection on one side of the main trunk had
led to sever dieback in the crown on that side of the tree.
Affected branches were reduced and all dead wood removed.
By 2005 the tree had made a partial recovery but its status
is still under review.
The Eucalyptus gunnii also received attention having its crown
reduced and thinned to allow more light into the garden. A vigorous
tree such as this will probably need similar treatment every
3 to five years.
The cherry tree was also inspected but no work was specified
other than to slightly raise its crown after flowering in the
spring. Unfortunately this work was never carried out.