Apple grafting weekend at Cotehele

Apple blossoms and bench in the old orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

A weekend of apple grafting workshops with more than 25 local apple varieties to choose from.

Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Monday 17 February 2020, 11am-4pm

No need to book, it's a rolling programme of workshops - just drop in.

Price: £1 for graft material, £2 for root stock, £2 each workshop (limit of 2 trees per workshop). Normal admission charges apply.

We’ll show you how to graft your own apple tree that you’ll be able to take away and plant in your garden back home. 

We’ll be grafting trees of varieties specific to the Tamar Valley that aren’t widely available or common and that you can’t buy in your local grocery store.

Learn how to graft an apple tree at Cotehele
A pair of hands preparing an apple cutting for tree grafting at Cotehele, Cornwall
Learn how to graft an apple tree at Cotehele

There will be over 20 varieties to choose from this year, including six new types such as ‘Sidney Strake’, ‘Herring’s Pippin’ and the Cornish cooking apple ‘Polly Whitehair’ that takes its name from its prolific pinky-white blossom. The choices range from cooking and cider-making apples, to eating apples delicious straight from the tree. We like to think there's an apple for all occasions.

You’ll be able to grow a small or large tree – one that’s a suitable size for your garden. Rootstock types are M9 (Dwarf), MM106 (Medium), M25 (large and vigorous).

Suitable for ages 16+.

We look after two orchards at Cotehele – an old orchard and a young Mother Orchard that was planted in 2007. The Mother Orchard is dedicated to conserving Tamar Valley apple varieties that are at risk of dying out and being lost.

The apple tree varieties that will be available during the weekend will never be commercially viable so this is a rare opportunity to have these uncommon varieties in your own garden, and you’ll be helping to keep the gene pool alive and conserving the varieties for generations to come.