New DVD helps managers and workers to thin tree fruit crops

The Horticulture Development Company has published a new DVD for fruit growers which can be used to train both managers and inexperienced workers in the principles and practice of thinning tree fruit crops.

Plum thinning - image:HDC
Plum thinning - image:HDC

The management section is designed for managers and supervisors who are either new to the job or in need of refreshing their own knowledge, providing guidance on how to assess orchards for thinning requirement, how much thinning to undertake and how to organise the task. 

The trainee section is aimed at orchard workers who have little or no knowledge of fruit thinning, and covers apples, pears and plums separately. It is provided in English, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, Slovakian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

The DVD was produced in response to requests from the HDC tree fruit panel members, HDC knowledge transfer manager Scott Raffle said, adding: "I hope that the DVD will help growers reduce the time taken to train new and inexperienced staff and to improve the results they achieve in the orchard."

Tree fruit panel member Jeremy Linsell of Braiseworth Orchards in Suffolk said: "Good thinning is essential for uniformity and consistency of cropping in our orchards and this DVD will help me to improve the results achieved by my orchard staff. The fact that it is translated into the languages commonly spoken by our staff will be of even greater benefit."

It was produced for the HDC by Chris Rose Associates. Extra copies can be ordered by contacting the HDC's Louise Arculus on 02476 478661 or via

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