A Forest Garden is a kind of orchard, planted with many different varieties of fruit and nut trees and bushes. It is designed to mimic a young natural woodland, diverse and multi-layered, and managed without artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides and in a way that restores the structure and micro-biology of the soil, degraded in this case by many years of over grazing.
The message of a Forest Garden is “working with nature is best.” Hazel, blackthorn, hawthorn and oak have joined the Forest Garden of their own accord.
Our Forest Garden was planted over the winter of 2011-12 with apples, pears, plums, damsons, quinces, cherries, cobnuts and a mulberry, and lots of different soft fruit bushes and herbs. It is now a productive orchard, a wildlife reserve, an outdoor classroom and a magic camping field.
Deborah is happy to explain her work and the ethos behind it and we often hold ‘permablitz’ days where volunteers can come and get stuck in.