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  • Tree mulched with comfrey leaves

    Chop ‘n’ drop

    Plant comfrey by your fruit trees, then chop the leaves once or twice a year and mulch in-situ. This is the chop ‘n’ drop comfrey mulch technique, no composting required.

  • Natural wild pond

    Clay lined pond

    Nick Balmer wrote a fantastic summary of creating a clay-lined pond in the closed Facebook Forest Garden UK group, reproduced here with his kind permission 🙂

  • Close up of purple knodding flowers of comfrey, stupid white dog in distance

    Comfrey

    Different techniques for creating comfrey feed

  • Nature Works logo

    Conduct

    Code of Conduct for all Nature Works courses and social media groups

  • Dead hedge in field, made out of posts and old branches

    Dead hedge

    A dead hedge, made from posts and scrubby branches, is an ideal temporary windbreak and wildlife habitat.

  • Misty view of mature trees in middle distance, foreground young trees in grass in garden

    Definition

    A self-sustaining wildlife orchard underplanted with edible shrubs and perennial vegetables. Productive, sustainable and low-maintenance 💚 🌳

  • Group of people outside gathered by man talking about a tree

    Diversity

    Notes for those who want to take positive action to improve the diversity of people involved with forest gardens and horticulture

  • Raspberry bush and strawberry ground cover

    Emergency

    A forest garden works with nature to grow edible crops, which is why it’s good for combatting Climate Emergency and Mass Extinction. Here are 11 reasons why.

  • Freshly mulched bare soil in forest garden

    Estimate

    Approx time & money estimates for different forest garden jobs, per 100m²

  • Screenshot of Forest Garden Gallery

    Gallery

    A gallery of forest garden plants run by volunteers, with instructions on how to help

  • Bright yellow flowers of mustard by a grass path

    Ground cover

    A step-by-step guide to establishing a living ground cover: to protect the soil, create a habitat for wildlife and provide you with a harvest. Win, win, win.

  • Illustration of construction of tree guard

    Guard

    Cheap method of creating substantial deer proof tree guard

  • Green curled mass of hosta shoots

    Hostas

    Many hostas are used as vegetables, list from Martin Crawford’s ‘Creating a Forest Garden’

  • Hand holding plant label curled around small branch

    Label

    These nifty plant labels keep on expanding with a growing branch, and are easy to make from old plastic milk bottles.

  • Tree shrubs crowded up against each other

    Layers

    A quick reference for the seven layers of a forest garden, because I can only ever remember 3 of them (see my logo)…

  • Bird nesting box in evening sun on back of big sycamore, polytunnel in the distance

    Nest box

    Make a bird nesting box for your garden. All you need is 4½ feet of 6"x1", a saw, half a dozen screws, a bit of old inner tube and a hole saw.

  • Yellow pea-like flowers of Broom

    Nurse tree

    A nurse tree is a temporary shelter plant for a newly planted tree

  • Purple flowers of comfrey

    Nutrients

    Summary of how to create a nutrient budget for your forest garden

  • Legs of man standing next to green vegetable

    Perennial veg

    Perennial vegetables are less work and more nutritious but it’s a big cultural shift to adopt new veg. Here’s a simple table of perennial vegetable equivalents to annual vegetables to help the process.

  • Green quince

    Photos

    Use this link to email photos to Jake

  • Polytunnel & plants in pots on pallets

    Protection

    Plants need protection to survive, particularly in their early stages

  • Inside of book Creating a Forest Garden

    Recommended

    Recommended books, suppliers, websites and podcasts. Saving you time and enlarging your brain 🧠

  • Greenish water in small reservoir

    Reservoir

    Reference for constructing Martin Crawford’s gravity filtered reservoir

  • Illustration comparing different rootstock heights in relation to person

    Rootstock

    Fruit varities are grafted on rootstocks, which determine the trees height and vigour. This is a quick reference for the different rootstocks available.

  • Screenshot of video of corner of school field
  • CAD plan drawing of trees, showing two examples of spacing

    Spacing

    The gaps between tree canopies should be about ¼ to ½ of the average tree canopy diameter. This is to allow enough light to reach the understorey plants.

  • Screenshot of online spreadsheet

    Spreadsheets

    Sortable spreadsheets to help you find suitable plants more easily

  • Screenshot of sun angled map

    Survey

    Checklist for surveying your site

  • Green florets on cabbagey plant

    Top 10 perennial veg

    Inspired by Backyard Larder, Incredible Vegetables and Martin Crawford, here’s my ‘it could change at any moment’ top 10 perennial veg

  • Screenshot of online course

    Walkthroughs

    List of practical walkthrough videos to accompany online forest garden course

  • Yellow buttercup flower
  • Scruffy, muddy, wildlife pond

    Wildlife features

    Checklist of invaluable features for your wildlife friendly garden

  • Cornus windbreak hedge, view over valley

    Windbreak

    Protection is critical in the forest garden and windbreaks provide habitat and food as well as protection from the wind.