But at least this year I have a secret weapon!
Having used and abused a couple of cheap garden centre pruning saws over the last few years, I was recently given a Japanese ‘Silky Zubat’, the veritable samurai sword of pruning saws. So watch out orchard, a pruning ninja is heading your way.
And the crazy name? Zubat, in Japanese, is apparently the sound a samurai sword makes as it strikes its target!