Julian Brandram – Fruit Tree Specialist
I offer a service of advice and consultancy, fruit growing and pruning workshops, talks to clubs and societies and a pruning service.
I work in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and now also in North Wales.
New for this season – Fruit Growing and Pruning Workshops – taking place in Sheffield,£35 per person.All aspects of growing fruit will be covered,with plenty of hands on , practical pruning.
I’m Julian Brandram and I specialise in old and local apple and fruit varieties. I can recommend trees that will grow in colder parts of the Peak District.
In recent years there has been a huge decline in the range of apples in British shops. Our traditional apples seem to have vanished and been replaced by uniform, bland imports. Perhaps because of this there has been a huge upsurge of interest in the growing of old varieties. You may be surprised to learn that there are still over 2,000 different English apple varieties.
In the past, each locality had its own fruit: there were Beeley Pippins and Newton Wonders in Derbyshire, Blakeney Red Pears in Gloucestershire, Damsons in Westmorland, and so on. Old trees can be repropagated before they die out and old varieties can be reintroduced to areas where they have been lost.
Many community groups are now getting together to help local people grow their own fruit.
Whether setting up such a project or working on your own, you will probably benefit from specialist help.
I have many years experience of growing fruit in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. I have a degree in Agricultural Botany and can advise on the best varieties of fruit tree for your locality.