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.
The topics are varied so whether you’re just beginning, have a few years under your belt or are looking to advocate to access space to create a new forest garden in your area there will be something for you.
Each is a standalone presentation – so watch as many as you like!
- Medicinal forest gardening – Simon Miles
- Permaculture principles of forest gardening & how to forage a super salad – Jo Barker
- How and why to advocate for forest gardens in your area – Daniel Scharf, Hannah Gardiner, Jane Morris
- The guilds of a forest garden – Tomas Remiarz
- The easiest way to get started with a forest garden – Jake Rayson
- A tour of Marston Forest Garden (in Court Place Farm Allotments, Oxford)
- Working with ground cover in your Forest Garden
- How can we push forward the forest gardening movement? Opportunities and ideas for 2020
Medicinal forest gardening
Simon Miles (www.theforestgarden.co.uk)
This talk covers a number of interesting and generally intriguing aspects about forest gardens and our health; including why we eat what we eat, what the implications are and the potential for use to integrate medicinal plants into our forest gardens and our lives.
About the Speaker
Simon Miles (NCH RHS) trained in Ornamental horticulture and herbalism, and has extensively studied forest gardening. He has his own 11 year old forest garden and plant nursery in Cornwall, where he runs tours and courses on forest gardening, medicinal herbs, natural healing and more. “forest gardens are a long term project and like building a house, if you don’t get your foundations right you will only create problems for later.”
Read the handout on Forest Gardens and Medicinal value
The permaculture principles of forest gardening, and how to forage a super salad
Jo Barker is a landscape architect, passionate forest gardener and holder of the record for the greatest number of ingredients in a foraged salad. You can also see a short film of her foraging in her garden a couple of days before the seminar talk.
How and why to advocate for forest gardens in your local area
Daniel Scharf (MRTPI)
Daniel has recently written a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ for Forest Gardening and describes this document and how to use it for advocacy
Hannah has recently undertaken a review of the evidence base of the benefits of Forest gardening and shares useful insights for your advocacy work. See her slide presentation.
Jane is one of the founders of Birchfields Forest Garden, which has been developed in a park in 2007. She talks about her journey of getting access to the park and building up the forest garden
Here are a couple of documents as useful background: the first is a referenced paper that links forest gardening with policies addressing the climate emergency; the second is a shorter version for use specifically with local authorities.
The guilds of a forest garden
Tomas Remiarz, author of Forest gardening in Practice, brings his 20 years experience to answer give his presentation and answer questions from the group with detailed pictures of garden guilds. See his presentation slides and more about Tomas on his website.
The easiest way to get started with a forest garden
See Jake’s slides (including a download link for the checklist)
A tour of Marston Forest Garden (in Court Place Farm Allotments, Oxford)
Antony Melville and Richard Luff
Working with ground cover in your Forest Garden
Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”