I started with the plum tree. It's a small tree so that's a nice one to start with. And the thing worked really well! Soon I was done. And then tackled the much bigger crab apple tree. And that was a lot more work but still perfectly doable! My trees look all civilised again. And after cutting all cut-offs into bits and chucking them in the bin the garden was tidy-ish again too! I could get used to this. I'll be my own tree-pruner from now on!
I haven't done the apple tree yet, but I want to first look up how that's done again (my sister sent me instructions a long time ago!) and that I can just do with secateurs. The tree is barely taller than me! So stay tuned for that one.
The plum tree beforehand
My new toy
The plum tree and crab apple tree after treatment (after taking this pic I did a bit more pruning on the left bit of the crab apple tree!)