Specialist permaculture courses on forest gardening.

Forest Gardening for Beginners

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Forest Gardening is a way of using the natural systems and layers of a woodland to create a food-producing environment with minimal effort. It is made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. A Forest Garden can be tailored to fit any space. This weekend will provide a theoretical overview of how to design, implement and maintain a temperate forest garden. This will be followed up by 2 planting days later in the year which will focus on creating and planting an actual forest garden at Fen End organic farm.

Dates: 
5 August 2011 to 7 August 2011
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19.30 Friday to 17.00 Sunday
Teachers
Graham Burnett
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Cost: 
Full cost £120, concs available
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Permaculture, Forest Gardening and Organic Growing

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Over 3 days, Ludwig Appeltans from Earth Ways will be introducing permaculture, forest gardening and organic growing principles. Together we will make a plan to transform your garden into a rich, self-regulating habitat; a natural haven that nurtures and sustains people and wildlife alike.

Dates: 
14 May 2011 to 15 May 2011
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Sat May 14 & Sun May 15 and Sat May 28 from 10 AM to 16.30 PM
Teachers
Ludwig Appeltans
Cost: 
£55, £50 for TTF Members
Address: 
Hardmuir near Forres
Contact name: 
Ludwig Appeltans
Telephone number: 
07760142495

Introduction to Forest Gardening

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This 2 day course will clearly explain the principles of managing a forest garden through a series of practical steps. Combining theory and practical exercises, there will be opportunities to practice perennial planting design, learn about implementing and maintaining your own site. We’ll also cover the history of Forest Gardening and its connection with Permaculture.

The course will take place at a 16-year-old urban forest garden planted by Naturewise in the grounds of Margaret McMillan School, which is a wonderful example of how urban land management can support many beneficial relationships and produce many yields.

Dates: 
14 May 2011 to 15 May 2011
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Saturday 14th May 9:30am- 4:30pm Sunday 15th May 9:30- 4:30pm
Cost: 
Cost: £100. Full Price, £60. Cons
Contact name: 
Alpay Torgut
Telephone number: 
0845 458 4697

Forest Gardening

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This course is taught by Mark Buxton and Alison Sheriff and is aimed at people who are interested in starting to develop a forest garden. The course will cover the background of forest gardens in the UK, design principles, establishment and maintenance of a forest garden as well as the necessary skills involved. There will also be a site visit to the Bangor Forest Garden. Please wear sturdy footwear and provide for protection from the weather.

Dates: 
2 July 2011 to 3 July 2011
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10:00am – 4:00 pm
Teachers
Mark Buxton and Alison Sheriff
Cost: 
£105.00
Address: 
3 Pen y Bonc, Cyttir Lane, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4DB
Contact name: 
Jonathan Garratt or Lisa Mundle
Telephone number: 
01248 361 576

Growing Nut Crops

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This weekend course will cover all aspects of growing common and uncommon nut crops in Britain.

Teaching sessions will be interspersed with visits to forest garden and trials site where several nut crops are grown. Several unusual nut crops will also be available to taste.

Course size: up to 25 participants.

Common nuts covered are Chestnuts, Hazelnuts and Walnuts.

Less common species include Almonds, Butternuts, Heartnuts, Hickory nuts, Monkey puzzle, Oaks with edible acorns, Pine nuts.

Dates: 
8 October 2011 to 9 October 2011
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The course will run 9.30-5.00 on Saturday & 9.30-4.00 on Sunday.
Teachers
Martin Crawford
Cost: 
Course fees: £150 (non-residential)
Address: 
46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JT

Forest Gardening: Soil & Fungi

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With Jess Clynewood and Rich Wright
Fungi play an essential role in our ecosystems, working away in shady unnoticed corners, providing services that we are, only in recent times, becoming properly aware of. This course on will uniquely focus on how fungi can help to establish and strengthen a Forest Garden ecosystem.

Fungi usage and cultivation have been part of human activity for thousands of years and many cultures of the world have long known of their merits as food crops and medicines. Modern fungi cultivation in the western world has mainly been contained to large scale clean room operations or the button mushroom industry, and a few enthusiastic hobbyists, but this is changing as knowledge of their uses and importance spreads.

Topics covered
o Soil structure
o Soil conservation and improvement
o Fungi’s role in the ecosystem
o Practical uses of fungi
o Fungi collection and propagation techniques

Dates: 
7 May 2011 to 8 May 2011
Teachers
Jess Clynewood and Rich Wright
Cost: 
£100 / £85 concessions
Address: 
Coed Hills Rural Artspace
Contact name: 
Jess Clynewood
Telephone number: 
07725 182894

Forest Gardening

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The overall aim of this two day course is to give you an overview of how to design, implement and maintain a temperate forest garden. Course size: up to 25 participants.
Forest gardening – course outline

Basics

* First principles – natural forests – definition - growth layers
* Why Forest Gardening - benefits
* Succession

Design

* Design principles – questions – initial stages – collecting info
* Combining everything
* Design of clearings
* Design of edges – edge features - light (PAR) – types of edge – types of plants
* Design of hedges
* Design of paths
* Design of ground covers – functions – types

Practicalities

* Preparation - converting grass to ground cover
* Planting
* Mulches – mulch types
* Seasonal maintenance
* Growing your own plants

Species

* Species for clearings
* Species for edges
* Species for hedges
* Tree crops
* Shrub crops
* Climbers
* Perennials
* Perennial leaf crops
* Species for ground covers – paths – clearings - polycultures
* Annuals & biennials
* Root & bulb crops
* Fungi – below ground – above ground
* Plants for difficult sites

Dates: 
17 September 2011 to 18 September 2011
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The course will run 9.15-5.30 on Saturday & 9.15-4.30 on Sunday.
Teachers
Martin Crawford
Cost: 
Course fees - £150 (non-residential)
Address: 
46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JT

Forest

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The overall aim of this two day course is to give you an overview of how to design, implement and maintain a temperate forest garden. Course size: up to 25 participants.
Forest gardening – course outline

Basics

* First principles – natural forests – definition - growth layers
* Why Forest Gardening - benefits
* Succession

Design

* Design principles – questions – initial stages – collecting info
* Combining everything
* Design of clearings
* Design of edges – edge features - light (PAR) – types of edge – types of plants
* Design of hedges
* Design of paths
* Design of ground covers – functions – types

Practicalities

* Preparation - converting grass to ground cover
* Planting
* Mulches – mulch types
* Seasonal maintenance
* Growing your own plants

Species

* Species for clearings
* Species for edges
* Species for hedges
* Tree crops
* Shrub crops
* Climbers
* Perennials
* Perennial leaf crops
* Species for ground covers – paths – clearings - polycultures
* Annuals & biennials
* Root & bulb crops
* Fungi – below ground – above ground
* Plants for difficult sites

Dates: 
30 July 2011 to 31 July 2011
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The course will run 9.15-5.30 on Saturday & 9.15-4.30 on Sunday.
Teachers
Martin Crawford
Cost: 
Course fees - £150 (non-residential)
Address: 
46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JT

Forest Gardening

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The overall aim of this two day course is to give you an overview of how to design, implement and maintain a temperate forest garden. Course size: up to 25 participants.
Forest gardening – course outline

Basics

* First principles – natural forests – definition - growth layers
* Why Forest Gardening - benefits
* Succession

Design

* Design principles – questions – initial stages – collecting info
* Combining everything
* Design of clearings
* Design of edges – edge features - light (PAR) – types of edge – types of plants
* Design of hedges
* Design of paths
* Design of ground covers – functions – types

Practicalities

* Preparation - converting grass to ground cover
* Planting
* Mulches – mulch types
* Seasonal maintenance
* Growing your own plants

Species

* Species for clearings
* Species for edges
* Species for hedges
* Tree crops
* Shrub crops
* Climbers
* Perennials
* Perennial leaf crops
* Species for ground covers – paths – clearings - polycultures
* Annuals & biennials
* Root & bulb crops
* Fungi – below ground – above ground
* Plants for difficult sites

Dates: 
2 July 2011 to 3 July 2011
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The course will run 9.15-5.30 on Saturday & 9.15-4.30 on Sunday.
Teachers
Martin Crawford
Cost: 
Course fees - £150 (non-residential)
Address: 
46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JT

Advanced Forest Gardening

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This course is for those already under way with their own forest gardens. We also advise that you should already have attended the forest gardening course run by the ART.

Unlike the taught forest gardening course, this course will be based very much around the participants, inviting them to talk about their own gardens and discussing their successes and failures. It should be a good way of troubleshooting problems you are having and getting good ideas for trying new things. Will include several visits into the Dartington forest garden to concentrate on areas which have been highlighted by participants.

Dates: 
20 August 2011 to 21 August 2011
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The course will run 9.30-5.00 on Saturday & 9.30-4.00 on Sunday.
Teachers
Martin Crawford
Cost: 
Course fees - £150 (non-residential)
Address: 
46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6JT