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Latest news from the National Forest Gardening Scheme

  • AGM 2020
    View out recent AGM here: Video playback timings 00:00 – 07.30 Introduction and context of the wellbeing crisis (Richard Luff) 07:30 – 23:20 Green social prescribing, forest gardening and presenting an exciting new garden in a local hospital (Nickie Bartlett) 23:20 – 38:00 Connecting Forest Gardening and Wellbeing (Jo Barker) 38:00 – 1:08:00 General discussion … Read more
  • Winter Seminars: Forest Gardening for Well-being
    Forest Gardening for Well-being; Mind, Body and Ecology Coming Together We at NFGS feel strongly about the potential of forest gardens to improve wellbeing, and in our winter seminars we are exploring the potential of forest gardens in healthcare settings. We will hold four seminars; a complementary series but each one also stands alone.  Join … Read more
  • NFGS call for replacement and additional directors
    The NFGS currently has 6 directors. As a CIC the NFGS operates to fulfil its social purpose of supporting and promoting forest gardens. All directors currently provide their services pro bono i.e. gift their time in service of the organisation. We are looking for two additional directors in order to expand the capacity of the … Read more
  • The Guilds of a Forest Garden – seminar recording
    Seminar recording: May 7th Tomas Remiarz, author of Forest gardening in Practice was our guest presenter for last week’s seminar. We’ve been amazed that so far all seminars have been oversubscribed. If you’d like to see a recording of the discussion in which Tomas brings his 20 years experience to answer questions from the group … Read more
  • Permaculture, Forest Gardening, and How to Forage a Super Salad
    Seminar recording: April 23rd If you weren’t able to make this inspiring talk with Jo Barker, landscape architect, passionate forest gardener and holder of the record for the greatest number of ingredients in a foraged salad, here’s a chance to see her once more. And here is a short film of Jo foraging in her … Read more
  • How and why to advocate for forest gardens in your local area
    Seminar recording: April 30th A recording of the session here Daniel Scharf (MRTPI); Has recently written a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ for Forest Gardening and will be describing the document and how to use it for advocacy Hannah Gardiner; Has recently undertaken a review of the evidence base of the benefits of Forest Gardening and will share useful … Read more
  • Forest gardening seminar series
    As part of the wide-ranging efforts many have undertaken to keep us all entertained/ learning and connected during this time of social distancing, the National Forest Gardening Scheme and its members have organised a 8 week series of FREE seminars covering a variety of topics related to forest gardening. We may run a further series … Read more
  • Forest Gardening in Public Spaces during the Pandemic
    Today the National Forest Gardening Scheme published a letter on Access to our Forest Gardens in Public Spaces during the COVID-19 lockdown aimed in particular at local authorities. We believe that the useful jobs that can be carried out now in publically accessible forest gardens can be classified as ‘daily exercise’ if conducted safely.
  • Forest Garden in a Box!
    We are ‘soft-launching’ this offer of a unique guild of plants, a forest garden starter-kit if you like, intended for a 3m x 3m space. It’s designed by a collaboration of our national forest gardening talent and comes with full planting, harvesting and cooking instructions and it’s available NOW at the pioneering Hulme Community Garden … Read more
  • Oxford Real Farming Conference – this week!
    The Conference was a great success – a lot of enthusiasm – all our flyers were taken and we collected 21 email addresses. We connected with the charity Food Matters and will explore further collaboration with them. Food Matters facilitated a ‘big tent’ event for Worthing and Adur’s local food system, a gathering we stimulated … Read more
  • Notes from AGM and Roundtable
    We are pleased to make available the notes from our AGM and Roundtable in Mancheser at the end of September. NFGS Roundtable, AGM and FGiB Workshop 28.09.19
  • Forest-garden-in-a-box fundraiser
    The Forest Garden in a box concept is a simple concept that helps community groups, councils, business parks, schools, and individuals to do this really easily.   You simply select what type of space you want to re-wild (e.g. Community Garden, City Park, School or Home garden) and we send you a starter kit with … Read more
  • Climate Resilience: Think and Act like a Forest Garden
    September 28th, National Forest Gardening Scheme AGM, Manchester We plan a round table dialogue with a range of Climate Change actors in Manchester, together with a number of national and regional organisations in support. Our question: what level of connection do we need across all climate and food focused groups and agencies in order to … Read more
  • Report from the National Conference and AGM
    With 26 people in attendance, from across the UK and even some making the journey from Germany, the gathering began over a delicious shared lunch.  Presentations were shared which gave a range of perspectives and covered different experiences.  The full report of the event is available here as a PDF, with presentation slides below.     … Read more
  • Bringing Forest Gardens to Life in Urban Settings
    September 29-30, Oxfordo Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Rd, Oxford OX4 3NH Please read the September Agenda   You’re welcomed to join the first national conference to build momentum AND provide tools and guidance to get forest gardens planted up and down the country. This conference brings together practitioners, teachers, researchers, enthusiasts and commissioners. It … Read more
  • Launch event report
    More than 40 people travelled from far and wide giving time from their weekends to celebrate the launch of the National Forest Gardening Scheme. A wonderful range of us attended, from forest garden pioneers to interested community groups, to the curious but uninitiated enthusiasts who could see the potential of these gardens for transforming our … Read more
  • National Forest Gardening Scheme launch
    Launch of the National Forest Gardening Scheme, 21 October 2017 Forest Gardens have been established in the UK for over 30 years with dramatic food production results. They are proving they can show the way ahead not only for food growing, but for a healthier, more balanced relationship with our natural world. Communal space is under threat. There … Read more