Gardening at Fernhill

Gardens that feed all your senses, with crops all year round.

Fern Cottage, West Yorkshire

Cobden Farm

Community gardens for learning and working together.

Cobden Community Allotment, Leeds

Ducks integrated into forest garden

Biodiversity hotspots in back gardens, parks and urban greenspace.

Garden Cottage, Coldstream, Scottish Borders

Leaf Street Forest Garden in Manchester

Shared abundance in healthy urban neighbourhoods.

Leaf Street Community Garden, Manchester

Welcome to Forest Gardening in Practice

Forest gardens or food forests come in all shapes and sizes, from a tiny patch in a back garden to sites of many acres. You can find them in peoples homes, on allotments, in schools, colleges, housing developments and public parks. They are also being used in commercial market gardens and on farms. I have created this website to share my enthusiasm for forest gardens and show how they could help us find better ways to look after ourselves and each other. Over the last four years I have researched over 100 forest gardens, from small back yards to commercial farms. The results of my research are now available as a book with 250 pages of case studies, ecological background and a How-to guide. They are illustrated with beautiful photographs and line drawings by Jed Picksley. Forest Gardening in Practice - Order here

What's new

Courses and events in 2020/21 Due to the ongoing pandemic I have been running a much reduced programme of courses in 2020. I expect to go back to some face to face teaching next year. At the same time I am also developing some online courses - watch this space. If you are interested in hosting or organising any of the courses below pelase get in touch, and feel free to suggets other subjects Introduction to forest gardening No courses planned this year. This is usually a weekend course. I am in the process of developing an online version. Advanced forest gardening No courses planned at the moment. This can be a 3-6 day course, with a focus on case studies and the chance for participants to create their own designs. Waldgarten-Intensivkurs Venue: Peace of Land, Berlin, Germany Dates: 18-20 September 2020 Note: Dieser Kurs ist auf Deutsch! Peace of Land ist ein junger Waldgarten im Osten Berlins, wo wir