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Small but perfectly formed

Trained fruit trees can be the highlight of any garden – they are a superb example of form, function and beauty. Fruit expert and professional nurseryman David Patch explains how to get started
Trained trees make attractive and productive screens in a garden setting

From the elegant bare branches covered with frost in the depths of winter, through to eye-catching displays of blossom and then boughs laden with fruit in autumn, trained fruit trees provide year-round interest and structure in any setting.

They are so versatile that there is bound to be a shape which fits into any garden space, no matter how small – cordons can be planted as little as 1m apart. Espaliers or step-overs can be used as a garden divide or to line paths, edge borders and soften fences and walls. It can also be an opportunity to grow a more exotic tree such as peach, nectarine or fig, which will benefit from the warmth and shelter of being grown along a brick wall.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen garden... - Win Garden Essentials Tools,Seeds & Sundries worth over £1947 - Going nuts home-grown & Healthy - Free cherry tomatoes + 10 Packets of seeds - Season's eatings + The tastiest sprouts about! + A feast of festive flavours - Christmas gift ideas - Results from our Massive Marrow & Passionate plotter competition - Feed winter birds top tips! - Fruit trees for small spaces
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