Apple Pruning & Release Workshop at The Rocks

The Rocks will offer a workshop on pruning apple trees March 17, 2019, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Releasing and pruning wild apple trees can keep them healthy and result in greater fruit production for use by a wide variety of wildlife. This basic introduction to releasing and pruning wild apple trees, with both indoor classroom session and outdoor field practice, will be led by Nigel Manley (Director of The Rocks). The program is aimed toward anyone who has apple trees growing in their fields or yard, with a focus on releasing and pruning the trees to improve wildlife habitat. RSVP online here.

“This program is ideal for people new to pruning or considering bringing an old tree or orchard back into good production,” said Nigel Manley, longtime manager of The Rocks, who will lead the workshop. “Whether participants hope to increase production of their apple trees for their own use or to facilitate animals eating the fruits, learning how to prune trees correctly will help.”

A staple crop of most early settlers, apple trees in many areas have gone long untended, often becoming obscured as other trees grow up around them. Although they are not native to the region, apple trees have become an important food source for animals from bear and moose to bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, porcupines, wild turkeys, and many others.

The indoor portion of the workshop will take place at Bretzfelder Park, 581 Prospect Street, before transitioning to the nearby Rocks for the outdoor portion. Participants should expect to drive a short distance between locations. Participants should bring a bag lunch to eat before heading out to one of the orchards at The Rocks, where they will practice pruning trees under Manley’s guidance. Please RSVP using the link below the map or click here.

The Rocks is the North Country Conservation and Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Forest Society is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1901 to protect the state’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its natural resources. The landmark 1,400-acre Rocks property includes numerous buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers Agri- and Eco-tourism opportunities throughout the year. For more information and a calendar of events, please visit, e-mail, or call 603-444-6228.

The Rocks

4 Christmas Lane
BethlehemNH 03574