We are a not-for profit forest gardening project led by a team of passionate permaculturists. Our garden contains over 200 species of low-maintenance, edible or useful perennials, which are arranged in guilds to mimic natural ecosystems. Our aim is to provide accessible education around permaculture and forest gardens. We do this while working with the local community to create more biodiverse, edible landscapes – healthier habitats for wildlife and people. Our garden in Finsbury Park provides a space within nature to come together and share ideas. We feel planting forest gardens serves to empower our communities, offering a direct response to issues such as climate change at a grassroots level.
Our current board of directors is made up of a group of permaculture educators and environmentalists, including Jo Homan, Vanessa Morris, Chris Speirs, Sarah Bush, Jane Howson, Alex Sylvester, Les Coupland, and Patrick Maher.
- to provide a wildlife-friendly community space with a focus on environmental sustainability and ‘forest gardening’ – growing food whilst increasing biodiversity and resilience
- to increase awareness of and expertise in forest gardening and environmental sustainability
- to support local community food growing projects by donating propagated plants and offering advice
What is forest gardening?
Illustration by Graham Burnett, Spiralseed
Forest gardens are a low-maintenance, multi-layered food growing systems, based on woodland ecosystems. The design of these systems are carefully planned, incorporating up to seven plant layers, as shown above. Yields and space are directly useful to both humans and wildlife. This system of biomimcry, which is rooted in permaculture, allows guilds and soil cultures to thrive with maximum efficiency.
Here is an excellent link about forest gardening, what it is and how it works.
What are the benefits of forest gardening?
‘All life’s problems can be solved in a garden’. Forest Gardens provide:
- beautiful havens for both wildlife and people
- sources of local organic produce
- a closed loop / no waste system
- increased biodiversity, soil and ecosystem health
- maximum crop yield with minimum effort
- effective carbon sequestration
- engaging outdoor learning environments for community education
- resilience to extreme weather
- less reliance on fossil fuels
- mitigation of floods, erosion and pollution
Martin Crawford’s Forest Garden in Devon. Species featured in this photo : Chinese dogwood (left), Tilia cordata, and Siberian pea tree
‘A forest garden is a place where nature and people meet halfway, between the canopy of trees and the soil underfoot. It doesn’t have to look like a forest – what’s important is that natural processes are allowed to unfold, to the benefit of plants, people and other creatures. The result is an edible ecosystem.’
– Tomas Remiarz
What is forest gardening? Jo Homan explains the basics in the short film below, worth a watch!
Edible Landscapes London was founded in 2010. We pioneered the first accredited course in forest gardening, while training hundreds of students in plant propagation, permaculture and other related subjects. Below are some short films from the early days of our project:
For more recent film work, please visit the news section.
If you would like access to previous articles written about our work, please get in touch.
On Google Maps, locate us with postcode N4 2NQ