Specialist permaculture courses on forest gardening.

An Introduction to Forest Gardening: Creating Edible Landscapes.

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Discover how forest gardening has been used for thousands of years to grow food in a more naturalistic way, combining trees, shrubs and perennials. Through a combination of theory and practical exercises, you will learn how to design and manage your own forest garden; even if you have limited space you can still produce food in a more sustainable way.

Full course details and timetable are available for download in PDF format: https://www.westdean.org.uk/resources/longdetails/1D2664.pdf

Dates: 
28 April 2012 to 28 July 2012
Teachers
Claire White
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Cost: 
£90 (5% online discount)
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Forest gardening: Brockwell Park greenhouses, Brixton, London

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Want to create abundance in your own back garden or community growing space?

Forest garden design packs useful species into a small area to create an intensive and highly productive system. Learn how by design, a tree system can provide a diverse range of foods, requiring little maintenance and with few offsite inputs.

On this two days course we will cover:

* how a forest garden works
* design elements of a forest garden
* useful permaculture design principles
* maintaining and building soil fertility

Participants are invited to bring their own designs to work on in small teams. We will show you how to conduct a site assessment, assess resources, check soil types and how to meet the needs of the land and the people. We will teach site surveying and mapping skills, which you will use to create your design.

Cost of the workshop is on an ability to pay sliding scale
£120 Sponsored/organisation rate
£90 Individual income more than 25k/yr
£60 Individual income less than 25k/yr
£40 For people in receipt of means tested benefits

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07575 009 322

Rakesh is an experienced permaculture and forest gardening teacher. He is passionate about facilitating people's own personal learning pathways. Rakesh is currently developing his own forest garden strategy on his 50 acre property in Croatia, and has facilitated 3 community groups to create their own forest gardens in South London.

Kevin has recently designed and implemented a forest garden with more than 50 species from around the world at Occombe Community Farm http://occombe.blogspot.com/2011/01/occombe-forest-garden.html

His teaching and knowledge draws on observation, learning and working on forest gardens from Australia to central America on his recent one year study tour.

Dates: 
30 July 2011 to 31 July 2011
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9:30am to 5:30pm
Teachers
Kevin Mascarenhas & Rakesh Rootaman Rak
Cost: 
£120, £90, £60 or £40 (see above for details)
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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
More dates and times information: 
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
More dates and times information: 
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