the training

Forest Garden students

Accredited training

Edible Landscapes developed and delivered the first ever accredited forest gardening course. Our accredited training is currrently on hold, while we negotiating a new agreement with Haringey council, enabling us to raise funds to run accredited training at affordable prices for the community. (For more information, see 'Background' section, below) Our accredited course is equivalent to a Level 2 RHS horticultural qualification.

Informal training

We currently offer free and accessible training buring our sessions and  workshops on offer. We generally run a variety of workshops on grafting, foraging, preserves etc throughout the year. If you would like us to host a school group, please get in touch via our contact page.

In January 2017 we launched our quarterly Forest Garden Skillshare events, which have so far proved very popular.

Informal training also occurs during all of our regular volunteer sessions. Generally, new volunteers are offered a tour of the garden, a brief introduction to the subject of forest gardening, and to some of the specific plants and their uses. During the sessions, volunteers are given an overview of the design process, permaculture techniques, and taught how to propagate perennials. We offer a specific induction process for our new session leaders, involving one-to one mentoring.  

Our teachers

Our experienced teachers are passionate about sharing their knowledge of plants and forest gardening. We love to help people learn and have fun at the same time. Together, we feel we're helping build local skills so we can start to have an impact on food production. Many of our teachers are ex- CAFG students.

Background

From 2012 we started to offer several training days covering topics like plant identification, taxonomy, plant propagation and tool care. People can pay for their training by volunteering with us in advance. These courses were very popular and attendees were already fairly knowledgeable about plants and often had connections with existing food growing projects. The teachers were all involved in the project, leading volunteer session days, and we managed to develop a good 'stock' of teachers, lessons plans, confidence and experience. We offered training workshops at festivals and at events, for example at the Capital Growth summer networking event, and developed a bit of a reputation for offering good horticultural training.

Jo teaching at the Woodberry Grove gardensIn 2013, and as part of the Manor House PACT project, we started to offer more formal accredited training because we had the money to pay for sessional tutors and for a full time training manager, who would develop new courses and handle the bookings. Between 2013 and 2015 we offered 12 Permaculture Introductory courses, several accredited Plant Propagation training and four iterations of a really exciting new course called 'Creating a Forest Garden'. This was the first ever accredited forest garden course. The training was very reasonably priced and places were targeted at people who live in the Manor House PACT area. People were able to pay for their training by volunteering with us at a rate of one day's volunteering for one day's training. As such, we broadened our outreach significantly, enabling 53 people to gain an accredited horticultural qualification. We also taught off site at the nearby Woodberry Grove garden and at the Castle Climbing Centre. In 2016 we were asked by the council to move site location, which meant that our training was put on hold. Now we are negotiating a new agreement to stay onsite, and working with the council to realise a new educational space and 'eco-hub', from which we can run new forms of training and outreach.