As I mentioned last year, the gardeners are reducing the height and spread of our fruit trees in the orchard. This year, year two, a few more branches will be removed to reduce their height allowing any fruit produced to be collected at a safe height. The centre of each tree will be kept clear to allow air movement and the spread reduced in length so as not to cause heavily laden branches to snap. All the wood removed is taken to our chipping pile where it will be chipped to produce a decorative mulch which will be used, at a later date, in the gardens. The pruning will continue over the next week, then it will be the roses turn in the Provost's Garden.