Forest Garden Course This Saturday

Exciting opportunity this coming Saturday (12th December) between 10am - 4pm to be part of the forest garden course and planting at GraceWorks. Come and join us, bring a friend and something to share for lunch.

We have cleared the site of the tree that was rotting and some trees and hedging have been delivered ready for this Saturday.

The course will show you how to grow fruit, nuts, salads and perennial vegetables as a low maintenance, highly productive garden ecosystem. This course will start with a session talking through the design by Samantha Woods followed by getting out into the garden and laying out and planting trees, bushes to develop the first stage of the forest garden at Graceworks.

What is a Forest Garden?

A Forest Gardening is a way of combining plants and trees together in natural woodland-like patterns.  These mutually beneficial relationships create a highly productive system. An established forest garden will give high yields of diverse produce such as fruit, nuts, vegetables, herbs, medicines, fuel, fungi and animal food.  Though it takes a lot of energy to design and setup once complete it will take less maintenance than a conventional vegetable garden due to it’s emphasis on perennial plantings and is rich in habitats for beneficial wildlife.

Using mainly perennial plants has many benefits – for a start, they don’t need to be replanted at the beginning of each year! This means that the soil doesn’t have to be dug annually, allowing the cultivation of a rich, healthy, fertile soil, which in turn means healthy plants.

Soil in a forest garden is always kept covered, either by a living ground cover of plants or by mulching any bare ground with organic matter. This keeps the soil fed with nutrients and protects it from erosion, as well as helping to conserve water in the soil, minimising the need for watering.

Below you can hear Tim Smit who created The Eden Project explain Forest Gradens.

An exciting event where you can see the development of a forest garden in action. Bring your boots and food to share.

For more information, address and map click here