Creating a Forest Garden (6 Saturdays)

Course runs on 6 Saturdays from 7th September to 12th October, 10-3 each day.

As well as learning all about forest gardening, you will be led through the steps needed to create your own forest garden design.

If you're not sure what a forest garden is, it's food growing that often includes trees and that is naturally more low maintenance, because most of the plants are perennial (rather than annuals that have to be planted each year). So what would that look like? Imagine apples, blackcurrants, rhubarb and strawberries. Or artichokes, hops, rocket and thyme. By using plants with different heights, you'd be using all the space in your garden and with a single blitz of planting, you'd enjoy a rolling harvest throughout the year, every year. Come and learn about forest gardening - a no-dig approach that's kind to wildlife and to your back. Creating A Forest Garden is for people who are truly passionate about plants, especially the edible ones.

What you'll gain from the course

  • a good understanding of forest gardens and why they are important
  • how to design and maintain forest gardens
  • how to recognise and eat more than 50 plants
  • the science behind soil, fertility and plant nutrition
  • joining a network of wonderful forest gardeners

Additional Information


  • 6 Saturdays from 7th September to the 12th October, 10-3
  • Optional: Sharing your forest garden designs - Sunday 27th October, 10-3

Location: The training takes place at Edible Landscapes London in Finsbury Park and possibly at some indoor venues nearby.

Cost: £200 / £60 concessions / 3 pay by volunteering spaces (volunteer for 6 days). Booking essential.

Pre-course reading: Martin Crawford's book, 'Creating a Forest Garden' - ideally up to page 107.

More information: Phone 07714 745 408 during the day.

What to bring

  • appropriate clothing for being outside
  • food to share for lunch
  • notepad etc

Feedback from past students

“practical information about soil and plants, understanding the rationale behind it (climate change, sustainability) and how to do essential procedures: grafting, layering, also plant names and design”

"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Such an amazing, enriching experience. This is the kind of course I've been searching for for years and it doesn't exist anywhere else, so it's very exciting and very special!"

"A knowledge about forest gardening – yes! Learning about more edible perennial plants and trees, how to identify them and what to do with them – yes!"

“It has been fantastic! Jo has been a wonderful course leader. I have loved all the places we've visited and being at ELL. It's been great to meet such a lovely group of people”

“A lot of extremely useful and specific detail, passionate and careful and enthused teaching and facilitation and excellent resources and knowledge-sharing.”



Definition of PEAK OIL

FOOD SECURITY Caroline Lucas on peak oil and food security

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY Met Office reader-friendly report on climate change and food security *** George Monbiot linking UK flood damage to maize production  *** Guardian article on impact of climate change on food security

FOOD PRODUCTION film 'Our Daily Bread' (1.09 GB) (thanks Laura)

BIOMIMICRY food production, forest gardens, perennial grains (thanks Laura)

ECOSYSTEMS paper on ecosystems and stability (thanks Laura)

TAXONOMY What's the difference between a cultivar and hybrid?

TAXONOMY & PLANT ID Online plant ID name flash cards (thanks Nick & Damian)

List of plants we cover and notes (thanks Alex)

DESIGN PROCESS photos of the SADIM process from Claire White

BOTANY UK seed germination toolbox and the medicinal plants names services. What incredible resources!

SOIL from the last CAFG course - a video Lewis's talk about nutrients in soil  (thanks Jerome)

SOIL Life in the soil film - in Spanish.

SOIL AND PLANT CHOICES Dynamic accumulators (thanks Patrick)

SOIL AND WATER including a wonderful demonstration of the closed loop system of water (thanks Eugenia)

Plantastic on Ted talks (thanks Maia)

FOOD PRESERVATION Lactofermentation article

And of course there's Plants for a Future Database, the Agroforestry Research Trust and plenty more....

The tutors

Come and get your teeth into forest gardening with forest gardenista, Jo Homan, and others - to be confirmed.

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