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We provide informal and formal training in forest gardening - that is, growing edible, low-maintenance, perennial plants in self-sustaining arrangements that mimic natural ecosystems. Our mission is to make London's landscape more edible by propagating forest garden plants and giving them to local food growing projects.

Our aims are:

(a) propagating edible plants

(b) donating or selling plants to community group food growing projects

(c) training and educating people in low maintenance forest gardening

for the benefit of the local community and wider environment. (from our Articles of Association - attached below)

We have been at our current site in Finsbury Park since September 2010.

Key points, as of November 2015

  • We are one of the delivery partners for the lottery funded project, Manor House PACT, which is due to be completed by January 2016, (although we have already exceeded all our targets).
  • We are a company limited by guarantee and are in the process of becoming a charitable incorporated association.

  • Each year we engage around 650 local adult/child volunteers in learning to recognise, propagate and eat less familiar plants at our twice-weekly volunteer days

  • We have grown and given away more than 1,100 plants to over 80 local community food-growing projects since we set up in 2011.

  • We grow over 200 different edible plant species in less than 1/10th acre, many of which have signs with botanical names and other information.

  • Since June 2013 we have trained 53 students in the new level 2, 6 credit “Creating A Forest Garden” unit we pioneered. In addition, the students earned 10 credits for a nationally recognised Award in Horticulture, consisting of four units.

  • We've trained an 200 people in plant propagation and permaculture since 2013 and have run courses on foraging, food preservation and carpentry.

  • We've created three sets of educational resources and lesson plans, collaborating with teachers from two local secondary schools (Skinners Academy and Our Lady's Convent High School) to work with children from years 7-11.

  • We are part of the Permaculture Association's LAND network, The Forest Garden Network and Capital Growth and we have strong connections with many local organisations, including Manor House Development Trust, London Wildlife Trust, the Castle Climbing Centre, Railway Fields, Crop Drop and City and Islington College.

  • Our Facebook page has 550 members this website has about 600 hits a month and we have recently been featured in Jellied Eel, the Observer and at the Royal College of Art (film still being edited).

The site which ELL uses is called Finsbury Park nursery and it's managed by Haringey Council. We are a company limited by guarantee with directors and members and all profits are invested back into our work. All directors are members. Members are volunteers who have taken on an additional responsibility, such as being a director or a session leader. We have all the necessary paperwork completed, such as insurance, policies and procedures - most attached below. We are the in process of becoming a charity.

Registered company number: 07359093