FOREST GARDEN COURSE March 12th /13th 2016
Bekesbourne near Canterbury
A packed weekend of visits, case studies, practical, tour of Brogdale national fruit collection and design support for your project.
FOREST GARDENING is a way we can nourish ouselves and create wildlife habitats. By carefully growing productive plants like a forest ecosystem we can work with nature to meet our human needs. This connects us back to the ways of our ancestors in a modern context.
This course is open to all, no previous experience is necessary to attend, forest gardening attracts interest from experienced gardeners and professionals as well as newcomers. There will be practical sessions anddesign exercises. We will be outdoors for much of the course and will be site visits to a community garden, a home forest garden and Brogdale, home of the national fruit collection.
The weekend will be led by Jo Barker with a guest. jo is an experienced & passionate Forest Garden Designer and teacher who has worked on various projects, ranging from Farm scale design and implementation, community projects and home gardens. Examples of designs will be available on the course.
We have an exciting programme planned which draw on our experience and knowledge. We will incorporate your specific needs if we can. Day 1 will be full of information and inspiration. Day 2 will be about application, designing your own Foret Garden.
The course will cover:
• Origins & principles of forest gardening.
• Perennial food growing
• Plant Design with trees, shrubs and ground cover.
• Implementation of design and aftercare.
• Foraging year round in the garden forest
• Principles of Permaculture
This course is open to all, no previous experience is necessary to attend, forest gardening attracts interest from experienced gardeners and professionals as well as newcomers. There will be practical sessions (mulching) and design exercises. We will be outdoors for much of the course and might be visiting other sites, if you have a disability that you think may affect your ability to attend the course, please contact us before booking to discuss how you can be accommodated.
By the end of the course you will have a basic knowledge of the ideas and principles of forest gardening as well as understanding some of the techniques necessary to put the theory into practice.
Costs are £180 / £120 / £80 for two days including entrance to sites we visit. Deposit required.
£30 follow up design sessions.
If you would like a book a booking form or if you have any further queries please do get in touch.
This course is for anyone who believes that we need to find ways to care for ourselves, for each other and for the Earth. If you are interested in learning how to make more sustainable, regenerative decisions in your life, if you want to understand more about Permaculture and see some of its inspiring and innovative applications, then this course is for you. This two day course will provide you with an introduction to the methods and core concepts of Forest garden design.
Although Permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening and farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, interests and home to bring about a more harmonious and sustainable lifestyle. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. It encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us.