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I have been bought 3 red gooseberry bushes for my birthday , not arrived yet
I intend top plant them on my allotment and wondered if there is any practical advise you can offer ?
Give them more space than you think they need - that's me speaking from experience!!!
Lots more advice here http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/fruit-veg/growing-gooseberries/3332.html
Dove is right about the spacing; Due to the thorns they can be tricky to pick and you need manoeuvring space around them to avoid excessive blood loss! Also, they crop so heavily that the branches bend under the weight of fruit so get about 50% wider near harvesting time.