Apple Tree Pruning Workshop Offered March 17 at the Rocks Estate

*Due to the fire at The Rocks the first part of the program will take place at Bretzfelder Park, 581 Street in Bethlehem NH 03574. Please meet us at the classroom at Bretzfelder at 10 a.m.

BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Rocks will offer a workshop on pruning apple trees March 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.

“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.

Manley has been pruning apple trees around the 1,4000-acre property for the past 25 years. He will begin the workshop inside with a discussion of the process of pruning and tools used.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.

The Rocks is the North Country Conservation and Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (www.forestsociety.org). 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 www.therocks.org, e-mail info@therocks.org, or call 603-444-6228.