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During end of April, beginning of May, the hops are carefully ‘trained’ or ‘tied’ to the natural coir string. Two or three hop shoots per string in a clockwise motion. This has to be done for each tall hop variety – Pilgrim, Target, Phoenix, Goldings and Jester. Hop Tying is all completed by hand! Then the ground around them is flattened to prevent other keen shoots finding a way back. This process may need to be repeated, depending if the wind is strong and the hops fall off the string.
These photos show the team tying Target for a second time this season.