I create and landscape forest garden designs that are sustainable, low maintenance and wildlife friendly. Based in West Wales, I offer both a local and remote design service, see my portfolio for examples.
Central to the design is working with nature, working with what is already on-site and figuring what plants will thrive in the specific conditions. I prefer to use locally sourced materials and avoid costly groundworks where possible.
There are three stages in the process:
Plan - survey land, write wishlist, make map
Design - arrange observations & wishlist on map
Schedule - distil series of actions
I have a standard set of tools that I use for client communication.
The design is created using CAD, and shared as a PDF file via Simplenote.
Finally, the schedule is managed on either Simplenote or the Google spreadsheet.
For an example of the Simplenote, Google Sheets and Pinterest working together, please see these notes.
Each job is costed individually and not by a day rate. The cost of a design really depends on the level of detail required. I can provide anything from an outline canopy and windbreak plan to detailed border planting plans with costings & suppliers.
In total, it takes about 1-2 weeks to create a garden design, with good client communication.
A forest garden works with nature to grow edible crops. It is sustainable, low maintenance and wildlife friendly and emulates the woodland edge using edible perennial and ground cover plants. Essentially, it is an edible ecosystem.
Sustainable — provides its own nutrients and pest control
Productive — range of harvests from multiple layers
Wildlife friendly — biodiversity encouraged, native plants where possible
Layers — use all available space
Perennial — lower maintenance, more nutritious
Windbreaks — integral hedges & dead hedges
Spacing — enough for lower storeys
Ground cover — ultimately permanent living cover
Nutrients — supplied by garden system plants
See Thomas Regnault’s short film of Martin Crawford’s garden for a more visual introduction: