Specialist permaculture courses on forest gardening.

Food Forests: Gardens of Abundance

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A food forest is a garden where we encourage nature to do the majority of the work, yet are able to harvest an abundance of fresh food. Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s not! Join us to learn how to create one in any urban, suburban or rural space, even where space is at a premium.

A food forest is modelled on natural woodland, with crops being grown in multiple layers to produce the maximum yield from a minimum of space. Imagine a diverse and multi-layered mix of tree canopy, berry-laden shrubs, vines, ground cover and planting beds. Plants are chosen which benefit each other and attract beneficial inspects. A healthy, fertile and diverse ecosystem is created which ultimately requires little work from you apart from harvesting. Very little digging, watering, weeding or pest control, and as beautiful as any woodland edge!

This four day course, through a combination of classroom based and practical sessions, will give you all the tools you need to design your own food forest.

- Why make a food forest
- Laying out a food forest
- Ensuring that your food forest has enough nutrients
- Multifunctional pathways
- Building in abundance and resilience
- Low maintenance food growing
- Patterns in nature
- Understanding and maximising edge
- Water management
- Creating a detailed design
- Succession planning
- Implementation plans
- Tree and plant guilds

This course will be taught in English by Helder Valente. Helder is native Portuguese, so Portuguese speakers need not worry about translation for troubling words or ideas.

Full course details - www.casalinho.com/courses

This course is immediately followed by another, People Care with Permaculture. Book both courses at a discounted rate.

Price includes all teaching, camping space and vegetarian meals.

Dates: 
8 August 2013 to 11 August 2013
More dates and times information: 
Thurs 8th August - Sunday 11th August 2013
Teachers
Helder Valente, New School Permaculture
Cost: 
€250, or combine with our People Care course for a discount
Contact Details: 
Address: 
Casalinho e Escabelado
Contact name: 
Andrea or Jeroen
Telephone number: 
00351 235512171 / 934542254

Creating A Forest Garden (20 week course - Saturdays)

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Forest gardens are a way of growing food in a low-maintenance, productive polyculture which makes the most efficient use of space and natural processes. Learn all about forest gardens and get a qualification on the way! You can gain 20 credits and a level 1 or 2 Award in Horticulture. This course is for people who are passionate about plants, especially the edible ones. We cover many things including:
- learning all about over 100 edible plants, including their Latin names!
- learning how to care for, propagate and eat many plants
- the science behind soil, fertility and plant nutrition
- designing and managing a forest garden.
Students will be asked to design a real or imaginary forest garden as part of the course. Starts Saturday 8th June for 20 weeks, excluding the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August.
BOOKINGS at info@EdibleLandscapesLondon.org.uk or phone 07733 330 379 for more info (during the day).
The training is being offered as part of a lottery-funded project running in the Manor House area called Manor House PACT. For that reason, people living the PACT project area will take priority in the bookings until two weeks before the course runs. (check the map http://www.transitionfinsburypark.org.uk/PACTmap)
COST
- £200 / £50 concessions
- 20 day's volunteering at ELL in advance of each session & help tidying up on training days
- 80 Timebank credits and & help tidying up on training days
- 120 North London LETS pledges and & help tidying up on training days
MORE INFO http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/training

Dates: 
8 June 2013 to 16 November 2013
More dates and times information: 
10-2 each sesssion, excluding the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August.
Teachers
Claire White, Gemma Harris, Seema Patel, Jo Homan and others
Apprentice Teachers
no
Cost: 
£200 / £50 concessions / 20 day's volunteering / Timebanki
Contact Details: 
Address: 
Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ
Contact name: 
Jo Homan
Telephone number: 
07733 330 3779

Creating A Forest Garden (20 week course - Tuesdays)

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Forest gardens are a way of growing food in a low-maintenance, productive polyculture which makes the most efficient use of space and natural processes. Learn all about forest gardens and get a qualification on the way! You can gain 20 credits and a level 1 or 2 Award in Horticulture. This course is for people who are passionate about plants, especially the edible ones. We cover many things including:
- learning all about over 100 edible plants, including their Latin names!
- learning how to care for, propagate and eat many plants
- the science behind soil, fertility and plant nutrition
- designing and managing a forest garden.
Students will be asked to design a real or imaginary forest garden as part of the course. Starts Tuesday 4th June for 20 weeks, excluding the 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Aug and 3rd September.

BOOKINGS at info@EdibleLandscapesLondon.org.uk or phone 07733 330 379 for more info (during the day).
The training is being offered as part of a lottery-funded project running in the Manor House area called Manor House PACT. For that reason, people living the PACT project area will take priority in the bookings until two weeks before the course runs. (check the map http://www.transitionfinsburypark.org.uk/PACTmap)
COST
- £200 / £50 concessions
- 20 day's volunteering at ELL in advance of each session & help tidying up on training days
- 80 Timebank credits and & help tidying up on training days
- 120 North London LETS pledges and & help tidying up on training days
MORE INFO http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/training

Dates: 
4 June 2013 to 19 November 2013
More dates and times information: 
Every Tuesday, 10-2, excluding the 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Aug and 3rd September.
Teachers
Jo Homan, Claire White, Gemma Harris, Seema Patel and others.
Apprentice Teachers
no
Cost: 
£200 / £50 concessions / 20 day's volunteering / Timebanki
Contact Details: 
Address: 
Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ
Contact name: 
Jo Homan
Telephone number: 
07733 330 3779

Planting Fruit Trees and Bushes in a Forest Garden

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This is a one day course covering the design placement and planting of fruit trees and bushes within a forest garden. We will be planning a strawbale heat sink within the forest garden and laying the rubber tyre foundation, to enable maximum warmth for these items. Also the planning and cutting of a mown path through it.

We will be planting nut trees, mulberry, pear and raspberry and blackberry bushes. Also how to keep what are considered as bad weeds and use them as edibles and others as nutrient suppliers. We boost our trees off with a good dose of our HH -2 compost which helps protect against excessive damp/drought conditions. Highly productive ecosystems at Well End. Also covers ash tree weaving into a shelter.

Course starts at 9.30am - 4.30pm and includes delicious v/v lunch and refreshments.

course costs £70 please fill in the booking form and we will send you full directions upon receipt of your payment.

Dates: 
30 May 2013
Teachers
Richard Higgins and
Cost: 
£70
Contact Name: 
Richard Higgins

fruit tree grafting and budding

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not online
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This is a one day course on fruit tree grafting, budding and pruning. Also soft fruit pruning in our forest garden held by Kevin Pressland

Kevin has spent the last 15 years in horticulture and has set up and maintained many horticultural projects.
v/v lunch and refreshments included

Dates: 
7 December 2013
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Well End Permaculture is in south Hertfordshire within the green belt of the M25 in the village of Well End. We are on the mainline from Kings Cross with a short taxi ride. Full directions given upon receipt of your booking conformation
Teachers
Kevin Pressland
Cost: 
£.60 each
Address: 
Well End Permaculture, Well End, Herts
Contact name: 
Richard Higgins for bookings
Telephone number: 
07983 439 171
Contact Name: 
Kevin Pressland
Telephone number: 
07775 932 745

Introduction to Forest Gardening

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This course is suitable for beginners and experienced gardeners alike who want to develop their understanding of Forest Gardening to apply at home, allotment or community garden. The basics of Permaculture will be covered but the main focus of the day will be both theory and practicals around Forest Gardening. Concepts of design and implementation, natural systems and key plants for Forest Gardens. 'Working with nature' will be explored along with the opportunity to get muddy with a 'hands-on' project in the Centre grounds.

This course runs from 09.45 to 16.00. Please bring a packed lunch.
Equipment to bring:
Pens, pencils & notepad
Weather appropriate clothing
Sturdy gardening boots
Gardening hand tools (if you have them)
Gardening gloves (if you have them)
Claire White has a PAB Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, teaches Permaculture Design and Forest Gardening. Find out more about Claire on www.clairewhitegardens.co.uk.
Telephone: 020 8502 8500

Fax: 020 8502 8502

Email: enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org

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Dates: 
16 November 2013
Teachers
Claire White
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
£38.
Contact Details: 
Address: 
Epping Forest Field Centre Paul's Nursery Road High Beach Loughton Essex IG10
Contact name: 
Gin
Telephone number: 
020 8502 8502

Forest Gardening - Design

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This course will take the principles of forest gardening taught on the first day and focus on producing tailored outline designs for participants. Advice will be given on matching designs to topography, climate and soil type. Forest gardens can vary greatly depending upon the use and crops required, so each design is unique and needs to be site and user specific. Final planning should be a considered process but this course should help participants to take those vital first steps in the right direction !

Dates: 
29 September 2013
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10am - 4pm
Teachers
Rob Meredith
Cost: 
£50 please bring lunch to share
Address: 
Ceridwen, Pyworthy, Devon. EX22 6SW
Contact name: 
Rob Meredith
Telephone number: 
01409 254450

Forest Gardening - an introduction

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The course will cover basic forest ecology, the main species involved and the principles behind a successful forest garden. Even small areas can be productively planted to provide many crops for human use, habitats for wildlife and provide a buffer against climate change. Forest gardening mimics natural forest ecology to produce many different crops; nuts, berries, fruits, fungi, herbal medicines and timber.

Dates: 
28 September 2013
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10am - 4pm
Teachers
Rob Meredith
Cost: 
£50 Please bring lunch to share
Address: 
Ceridwen, Pyworthy, Devon. EX22 6SW
Contact name: 
Rob Meredith
Telephone number: 
01409 254450

Forest Gardening

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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. 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.

At karuna you will be able to see & lean from examples of forest gardens that have been establishing over the past 5 years and see Permaculture in action all around you.

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.

Course outline The basic 2-day 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
· Processing of produce
· Integration with other farm and garden systems

The course will include hands-on practicals in topics such as plant propagation (grafting, budding, layering, etc.), mulching, site surveying and design layout.

The Forest Garden system has long been cultivated in many countries but here in the temperate climate it is relatively new. The pioneer of forest gardening forest gardening was Robert Hart who developed his famous forest garden here in Shropshire just a few miles away from Karuna on Wenlock Edge, he is an inspiration for creating Karuna permaculture project.

Dates: 
16 August 2013 to 18 August 2013
More dates and times information: 
arrival & introduction 16th August Friday eve 4pm onwards, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm
Teachers
Aranya
Cost: 
Full rate: Sliding scale £135 to £150, concessions: £110
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The Forest Garden in Peak Season

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Suitable for beginners or more experienced practitioners. We'll look at what is going on the forest garden now, and how the layout and design affects productivity. Our February course is deliberately ahead of this year's planting season. This course gives a much clearer idea of what ispossible by seeing the forest garden in full flow.

Dates: 
10 August 2013
More dates and times information: 
10am for 10.30 start through to 4pm
Teachers
Graham Bell
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
£25-70 based on ability to pay see website grahambell.org
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