I recently bought some woodland and on it are several fruit trees. This includes some wild cherry trees and a very tall pear tree. These don't look like they have ever been pruned and are quite out of control, but are producing lots of fruit.
My problem is the land is very steep, and the trees are very tall and it is too dangerous to go up a ladder to get to the fruit. What I would like to do is to get the fruit to grow lower down so I can reach it. Is it possible to shorten mature trees like these, the pear is about 25 feet tall with a trunk of about 1 foot, the cherry is about 40 feet tall with a trunk of about 2 feet. The cherry in particular produces bucket loads of fruit, but I can only reach the lower branches.
Any advice welcome.