Forest Gardening Course Print E-mail
Robert Hart's forest garden Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems (Jacke). The aim is to create a low input, high output system that benefits people and the environment, providing a great range of products. A forest garden is designed and established according to site and the needs of the client.

"I had a vision of mini-forests in millions of back gardens."

Robert Hart

Robert Hart's forest garden

This practical hands-on course is offered in both two day & five day formats & 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.

The basic two day course covers:

  • 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.
  • Processing of produce.
  • Integration with other farm and garden systems.

The five day course covers:

  • A day of forest garden theory (& site visit to Martin Crawford's superb forest garden).
  • A day of designing the forest garden layout, using permaculture principles.
  • Half a day of tree planting & after care tuition.Latest course dates
  • A day of planting out trees & shrubs.
  • Additional sessions on pruning trees & shrubs, plus propagation techniques.
  • And much, much more!
The course includes hands-on practicals in topics such as plant propagation (grafting, budding, layering, etc.), mulching, site surveying and design layout.

Demonstrating pruning techniques on the 5 day course