Espalier technique in orchards: 50 years ago this month

Utilising innovative techniques in Papanui

Espalier technique in orchards
Espalier technique in orchards, 3 April 1971, Christchurch Star Archive. CCL-StarP-04926A .

Do you know Tuckers Road? 50 years ago in April, the Christchurch Star newspaper photographed Bill Freeman at his orchard on Tuckers Road, then considered to be in Papanui but now considered Redwood. He was demonstrating the newly introduced espalier technique with apple trees that would allow for faster picking. The orchard is no longer there and may have been the site for the houses on Scarlet Lane. If you have any stories about this orchard or Bill Freeman, you can add them to the comments section for Espalier technique in orchards.

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