The course will assist participants to visualize, plan, establish and continue to maintain, harvest and learn from a forest garden, be it at home or on someone else’s land such as a community garden, school garden, etc. You will be able to go home and start your journey into forest gardening and be better informed to manage a forest garden that you have already started. And you’ll know how to continue your journey through research into existing literature and being part of an ever-growing network of forest gardeners in the UK.

This is a two day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting. The course will cover:

  • Benefits of forest gardening
  • Site selection and design
  • Integration of permaculture principles and design process
  • Species’ selection
  • Plant propagation
  • Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting
  • Integration with other farm and garden systems.

The course will assist participants to visualize, plan, establish and continue to maintain, harvest and learn from a forest garden, be it at home or on someone else’s land such as a community garden, school garden, etc.

You will be able to go home and start your journey into forest gardening and be better informed to manage a forest garden that you have already started. And you’ll know how to continue your journey through research into existing literature and being part of an ever-growing network of forest gardeners in the UK.

Tutor: Chris Evans

The tutor is Chris Evans from Applewood Permaculture Centre in North Herefordshire, who is an internationally renown permaculture activist and educator, and has many years’ experience of establishing, maintaining and teaching about forest gardening. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

Example Timetable

Friday 

Introduction to the course; intention-setting; course overview and aims.

Saturday 

Definitions and benefits of forest gardening; Design process; Natural Systems observation; Site Survey & Assessment; Guilds and integration; Practical (mulching).

Sunday

Design: Placement; Species selection; Plant propagation; Establishment; Practical (planting); Management and maintenance; Succession of growth; Resources; Next steps and networking.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Memory stick/storage device of 8GB (min) for handouts and relevant materials
  • Notebooks/journal,
  • Pen, pencil, coloured crayons, ruler, etc.
  • Outdoor-weather clothing
  • Boots/wellies
  • Work/Gardening gloves
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Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item