TRAINING

 

*2020 Creating a Forest Garden Course (duration six weekends) is now postponed until further notice*

Ongoing

We currently offer informal and accessible training during our sessions. For the past eight years we have offered Forest Garden training, as well as a variety of workshops, with free places for volunteers. Subjects include grafting, foraging, preserves, permaculture, soil health and general skill-shares. We currently run Outreach training with local community groups. If you would like us to host a school group, please get in touch via our Contact page. Workshops are advertised on our Facebook and Events pages.

 

Accredited training – Coming Up

Edible Landscapes developed and delivered the first ever accredited forest gardening course, equivalent to a Level 2 RHS Qualification in Horticulture. Our accredited training is currently on hold until 2021. Please get in touch for more information.

 

Our teachers

We are a group of experienced teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of plants and forest gardening. We love to help people learn and have fun at the same time. Some of us are DBS checked, working with both children and adults in London. Please get in touch if you would like to work with us, or for more  information.

Jo Homan is our current site coordinator and one of our regular teachers. With the support of Jan Mulreany and Gemma Harris, she developed the first ever accredited forest garden course, Creating a Forest Garden (CAFG). Jo also works for The Orchard Project developing the new level 3 certificate in community orcharding.

Background

 

From 2012 we started to offer several training days covering topics within forest gardening such as plant identification, taxonomy, plant propagation and tool care. Students could pay for their training by volunteering with us in advance. We offered workshops at festivals and at Capital Growth events.

In 2013, as part of the Manor House PACT project, we started to offer more formal accredited training.  We began with courses in Plant Propagation, and then hosted first ever accredited Forest Garden course. One of our aims was to offer quality affordable education in permaculture and forest gardening. We accepted payment through volunteering, and ran outreach at nearby Woodberry Grove and Castle Climbing Centre hubs.

From 2018 we began training and supporting community groups to design and create their own Urban Food Forests.