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 After a year of reduced and mostly online teaching, it is great to be back with a fuller programme over the coming months. I am glad to go back to teaching "on the ground" again in some cases, at the same time I decided to carry on teching some courses online as makes this important learning accessible to different groups of people. If you are interested in hosting or organising courses withe me please get in touch, and feel free to suggets other subjects. Forest gardening online course with Tomas Remiarz and Graham Bell Dates: 8th/10th November, 22nd/24th November 2021 Cost: £240-£80 SOME PLACES LEFT! This four day online course will set you up for planning, planting and maintaining a forest garden. Whether you are a beginner or have already started, the input from two top educators and practitioners will move your pratice to a new level. Contact: please go directly to the booking form