Specialist permaculture courses on forest gardening.

Food Forest & Agroforestry Course

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Learn how to start and manage your very own food forest, agroforest and experience living on an off-grid farm on a permaculture project in Portugal.
Aso enjoy healthy food, yoga and meditation practice amongst the beautiful Portuguese countryside!

Dates: 
1 March 2022
11 March 2022
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500
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Forest Gardening with Graham Bell and Nancy Woodhead

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This Forest Gardening event with leading practitioners Graham Bell and Nancy Woodhead will take place over two days at the end of October at the Calder School for Sustainable Living.

This is a rare opportunity to connect with over 20 years of their experience of forest gardening at Garden Cottage and beyond. If you have found it difficult to visit them on the Scottish Borders, or haven't visited there for some time, this is a chance to catch up with them in the Central Pennines.

Dates: 
29 October 2021 to 30 October 2021
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Arrive at 09.30 for 10,00, day finishes at 16.00
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Nancy Woodhead
Cost: 
£175 (concessions available)
Contact address: 
Warland Farm
Contact name: 
Darren Roberts
Telephone number: 
07748212833

Forest Gardening

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This is a 2-day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting, at a beautiful venue where they have started to be established over the past 5 years.
The 2-day course will cover:
Benefits of forest gardening
Ecological principles
Site selection and design
Integration of permaculture principles and design process
Species selection
Plant propagation
Site preparation
Establishment and maintenance; harvesting
Integration with other household, farm and garden systems

Socially-distanced camping available!

Dates: 
21 May 2022 to 22 May 2022
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arrive at 9am for a prompt 9.30am start. Day will end at 5.30pm both days
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Cost: 
£75-£95-£125 sliding scale
Contact name: 
Emma
Telephone number: 
07786 262864

Forest Gardening for a Future

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Our comprehensive curriculum will cover how to design, implement & maintain a Forest Garden, with examples drawn from Graham's 30 years of practice in his own garden and Tomas' extensive research into forest garden practice in the UK, Europe and beyond. You can look forward to an engaging and interactive course that leaves plemnty of space for your questions and will enable and inspire you to design, plant and develop your own forest garden.

Dates: 
8 November 2021 to 24 November 2021
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This is a four-day course, on Mondays and Wednesdays - 8, 10, 22 andd 24 November. Start time is 11.30, finish 3.30 with time bfore and after to chat and connect.
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£80-240
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Award in Forest Gardening (Level Two)

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Learn all the skills you need to design, create and manage a forest garden by doing this accredited online course! It features the videos of Martin Crawford, author of several books on forest gardening and director of the Agroforestry Research Trust. The course is structured with weekly videos, handouts and online assessments, plus fortnightly group tutorials, leading to a Level 2 Award in Forest Gardening, equivalent to a level 5 in Scotland.

The Orchard Project developed the course in collaboration with Martin Crawford, and it is accredited by Crossfields Institute. For more information follow this link:
https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/award-in-forest-gardening/

Dates: 
7 September 2021 to 4 January 2022
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£550 (some concessionary places available)
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Chris Macefield
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Introduction to Forest Gardening /Food Forests

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How to solve the Worlds problems in a garden! Geoff Lawton was talking about Forest gardens.

This is a great introduction to this inspiring edible gardening technique where we are part of the Wildlife!
Whether you are interested in green issues, wildlife, re-wilding, wellbeing or responding to climate change, .

Learn about this inspiring ecological gardening technique to grow our food, meet many human needs and increase wildlife. Based on principles found in nature, forest gardens will need less and less work over the years whilst providing more and more yields. Amazing!
The course covers:
Permaculture design including Ecosystem principles and other design tools
get to know your site
Perennial plants
History
Wildlife, wellbeing and rewilding
Current research update
How to eat and utilise your forest garden
The Future Food Forests project
We will connect to the environment through nature awareness, foraging and observing natural ecological design principles. We will observe natural edible forest garden edges and explore the implications of this way of gardening. We will learn from the Community Gardens own forest garden area.
Facilitated by experienced and passionate Food Forest designer. Jo will take you for a forage walk and hopes to find over 100 things for a salad as well as show you how.
Helen Smith will be supporting this day. She is has her own abundant urban food forest and is developing resources for Children in Permaculture in a Community Forest garden in Margate.
This one day session should give you enough information to take your next steps in designing your own food forest.

Dates: 
9 October 2021
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10am to 4.30pm
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Cost: 
£60 includes lunch. Early bird discount.
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Contact address: 
Kent
Contact name: 
Jo Barker
Telephone number: 
07747386994

Forest Gardening

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This is a 2-day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting, at a beautiful venue where they have started to be established over the past 5 years.
The 2-day course will cover:
Benefits of forest gardening
Ecological principles
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

Socially-distanced camping available!

Dates: 
4 September 2021 to 5 September 2021
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arrive at 9am for a prompt 9.30am start. Day will end at 5.30pm both days
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Cost: 
£75-£95-£125 sliding scale
Contact name: 
Emma
Telephone number: 
07786 262864

Extended Forest Gardening / Food Forests

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An extended online course, with 16 video episodes, 13 lecture episodes, video tours of forest gardens, a design exercise with feedback, and live Q & A sessions with Martin Crawford.

Dates: 
17 January 2021 to 17 April 2021
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£299
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Martin Crawford
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Medicinal Forest Garden Design Course

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Are you interested in growing a range of plants with medicinal effects? Forest gardens provide a wonderful opportunity to bring together many plants that could be used for health purposes. This course offers guidance and information on design with these healing plants in order to choose well and establish for the longer term.

Including 10 lessons with short videos, activities, quizzes, information sheets and further reading, this course takes you through key processes involved in successfully designing with medicinal plants, and integrating healing trees and shrubs with herbs and other plants.

You will learn about designing and managing a medicinal forest garden. Benefits will include
- assessing a site for potential growth of medicinal plants
- finding out about medicinal uses of a range of trees and shrubs
- developing your purpose and a design plan using permaculture principles
- identifying other herbs to grow with the trees and shrubs
- ideas for propagating and sourcing medicinal plants
- hints for successful establishment of plants and ongoing maintenance
- ways of monitoring progress so that you can adapt as needed

Your instructor is Anne Stobart, an experienced herbal practitioner and grower. This online course is based on successful short courses she developed for Holt Wood Herbs, a medicinal tree and shrub project in UK.

No special experience is needed. If your garden is very small there are design suggestions for smaller spaces. If you want to grow for profit there is discussion about the market for herbs.

Purchase of this course helps to fund the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust which seeks to raise awareness about the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of medicinal trees and shrubs.

Dates: 
1 September 2021
1 January 2022
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This is an online course so you can start any time. Each month we offer a Zoom session additionally for participants.
Teachers
Anne Stobart
Cost: 
£45.00
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21 Dean Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3EN
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Anne Stobart
Telephone number: 
01363777531

Forest garden tour and forage walk

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A mini introduction to forest gardening, a super salad forage and permaculture principles of forest gardening walk and talk in my garden.

Dates: 
3 October 2020
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3pm to 4.30pm
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£15
Contact name: 
Jo Barker
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01227 832569
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