Anna Locke Nathan
Anna is an RHS qualified gardener and fully qualified permaculture teacher and designer. She has designed many private and public, small and large scale forest gardens since 2011.
Some notable ones can be found:
On St Georges Terrace, a small strip of land before the main entrance to Primrose Hill. This was a symmetrical project with trees grown in pots along the High Street on Regents Park Road then being planted into this small park, when they had outgrown the pots. This forest garden also has a lot of soft fruits and guild planting. It is a good example of community ownership of a project as it now has found a life of its own.
Her main forest garden is in Hornshurst Wood, East Sussex. Planting began in spring 2015 and is due to be completed this year. www.facebook.com/Hornshurst
She has also done several private Forest Gardens in London and Hastings- currently working on a forest Garden area within the Bohemia Walled Garden in St. Leonards.
She has her own small-scale permaculture farm project in which there will eventually be three, but currently work is progressing on two forest gardens within the whole site. www.instagram.com/permacultureanna/
She regularly gives talks and workshops on forest gardening and actually prefers to call it ‘forage gardening’ because she has found that the public gets very confused about the concept of having a ‘forest’, yet really do relate to the concept of ‘foraging’ at home, with low maintenance intentional planting that is edible. Anna wholeheartedly believes in empowering people to create forest garden areas at home- because it is so effective and also adds to a sense of food security without much effort.
Rachel Hammond – Edible Oxford
If you are located in East Sussex and would like a forest garden designed for you or you would like an initial consultation about your plot, do you get in touch with her. Currently she is at capacity but would be able to take on new projects from autumn 2019.
- Designing and Installing Forest Gardens across the UK
- One day introductory courses in designing Forest Gardens
- Four day certified training course on Urban and Small Scale Food Production (incorporating Forest Gardens and Agroforestry)
- Edibles Nursery stocking Forest Garden plants
- Working with private clients, businesses and Local Authority
- Gardens installed in Schools, Housing Estates, Public Parks and Social Housing
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I was first attracted to forest gardens in the mid 1990s when I visited Robert Hart’s original garden during my permaculture training. In 1996 I helped create the first forest garden in the Netherlands. Since then I have been involved in designing, planting and running forest gardens across the UK and Europe. As well as my professional experience in forestry, organic orchard management and permaculture design I bring with me a deep passion for ecology and a keen interest in working with communities to develop landscapes that work for their needs and provide a range of benefits.
In recent years I have extensively researched forest gardens, resulting in the publication of “Forest Gardening in Practice”, an illustrated guide to forest gardening with many case studies and a guide to designing and planting them.
I also run training programmes for aspiring forest gardeners, from short talks to long courses and one-to-one tuition.
Website address: forestgardeninginpractice.com/