This part classroom, part outdoor workshop covers all aspects of successful nut cultivation in Ireland. While the main focus of the workshop is on cobnuts (cultivars of the common hazelnut) and walnuts, other nuts covered in the workshop include chestnut, heartnut, hickory, almond, pinenut, ginkgo, Monkey Puzzle and edible oak, all of which have potential in Ireland.
Topics covered in the workshop include site and soil assessment, climate and micro-climate, site enhancement and development, choice of species and varieties, pollination, planting, pruning, feeding and maintenance, and nut tree propagation. The workshop also examines the commercial opportunities for nut crops.
The workshop will take place at the Regan Nut Farm ( the venue for the very successful 2015 and 2016 workshops), home to over 800 cobnut, walnut and heartnut trees. The Regan Nut Farm contains Ireland’s only commercial-size walnut orchard.
The outdoor part of the workshop will comprise a guided tour of the cobnut and walnut orchards, and the associated shelterbelts and experimental sites.
The event is run in collaboration with Irish Nut Growers Association.
Price €100.00 (including lunch and a free copy of the Irish Nut Growers Handbook (normally sold at €18))
More information available here: http://www.fruitandnut.ie/workshops.html