Stephen Hayes of Fruitwise heritage apples presents part 2 of pruning the Bramley apple tree.
Wear gloves when using the sharp saw. Upward facing branch. Up against the collar. be careful when working in the middle of a tree. Removing branches that are growing in to the centre. Creating space by removing one out of each pair of crossing branches.
The traditional approach to pruning the bramley apple tree is slighly different, as it entails working to a three year cycle.
On the first year you would be pruning in the winter to reduce the height of the tree.
Then in the second year, again in winter, prune to reduce the spread of the branches.
In the third year you would prune throughg the centre of the apple tree in or to clear away overcrowding.
In each year in the summer you would also be generally thinning out or managing the new growth so the summer pruning reduces new growth, while winter pruning promotes new growth.
You can also hard prune right down to the ground if you really want to but this produces a huge shock to the tree, with maybe no fruit at all for a number of years afterwards.