Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

Design 4 Life - Introduction to Forest Gardening with Graham Burnett @ OrganicLea

Paul Smorthit

Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)

Design 4 Life - Introduction to Forest Gardening with...

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Introduction to Forest Gardening 15 Tickets Ended £42.00 £3.20

Share Design 4 Life - Introduction to Forest Gardening with Graham Burnett @ OrganicLea

Event Details

Design 4 Life - Introduction to Forest Gardening
By Spiralseed in collaboration with TheLightGap
Proudly sponsored by The Vegan Organic Network
@ OrganicLea 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH


Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables. The design principles can be replicated in even the smallest of urban gardens – find out how, and learn how to implement this abundant system in your own garden or community space with Graham Burnett, author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide,the Vegan Book of Permaculture and experienced forest gardener. 

 

This one day course is being held at OrganicLea in Chingford, an inspirational co-op led community food growing and education hub amongst Epping forest - a wonderful example of regenerative ecological and social landscapes.

 

Led By: The course will be taught by Graham Burnett (Dip. Perm Des). Graham has been teaching permaculture since 1998, is a holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and

 

Details: The forest garden concept was pioneered in the UK by Robert Hart, who examined the interactions and relationships that take place between plants in natural systems, particularly in woodland, the climax eco-system of a cool temperate region such as the British Isles, as well as the abundant food producing ‘home gardens’ of Kerala. This led him to evolve the concept of the ‘Forest Garden’: Based on the observation that the natural forest can be divided into distinct layers or ‘storeys’, he developed an existing small orchard of apples and pears into an edible landscape consisting of seven dimensions;

 

I) A ‘canopy’ layer consisting of the original mature fruit trees.
2) A ‘low-tree’ layer of smaller nut and fruit trees on dwarfing root stocks.
3) A ‘shrub layer’ of fruit bushes such as currants and berries.
4) A ‘herbaceous layer’ of perennial vegetables and herbs.
5) A ‘ground cover’ layer of edible plants that spread horizontally.
6) A ‘rhizosphere’ or ‘underground’ dimension of plants grown for their roots and tubers.
7) A vertical ‘layer’ of vines and climbers.

Stepping into the Forest Garden is like entering another world. All around is lushness and abundance, a sharp contrast to the dust bowl aridity of the surrounding prairie farmed fields and farmlands. At first the sheer profusion of growth is bewildering, like entering a wild wood. We’re not used to productive landscapes appearing so disorderly. But it doesn’t take long for the true harmony of nature’s systems to reveal themselves, and the realisation sinks in that in fact it is the Agribiz monocultures, with their heavy machinery, genetic manipulation, erosion, high water inputs, pesticides and fertilisers which are in a total state of maintained chaos. Whereas hectares of land may produce bushel after bushel of but one crop, genetically degraded and totally vulnerable to ever more virulent strains of pest and disease without the dubious protection of massive chemical inputs, just an eighth of an acre of a garden such as Robert’s can output a tremendous variety of yields.

 

Inspired by the example of Robert, and more recently the work of Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust and others who have learned lessons from both Robert’s successes as well as those things that did not work so well, forest gardening has now become an international movement. Literally thousands have been created in community spaces, private gardens and school grounds both in the UK and around the world:

 

Obviously, few of us are in a position to restore the forests. But tens of millions of us have gardens, or access to open spaces such as industrial wastelands, where trees can be planted and if full advantage can be taken of the potentialities that are available even in heavily built up areas, new ‘city forests’ can arise…” (Robert A. de J. Hart)

 

Course content includes;

  • What is forest gardening?
  • The history of forest gardening
  • Annuals vs perennials and tree crops – food for a future!
  • Principles of forest gardening
  • Forest garden design step by step
  • What do you want from your forest garden?
  • Creating plant guilds
  • Trees and their energy transactions



 


East/North London Course Program 2019




Sat 8th June 2019 - 10:00AM to 16:30PM

Introduction to Veganic Permaculture

with Graham Burnett @ Spiralseed

@ OrganicLea 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH

Sponsored by The Vegan Organic Network

 

Cost: £42 + Booking Fee

Includes: Tuition, refreshments and 1 years subscription to The Vegan Organic Network

 



Sat 27th July 2019 - 10:00AM to 16:30PM

Introduction to Forest Gardening

with Graham Burnett @ Spiralseed

@ OrganicLea 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH

Sponsored by The Vegan Organic Network


Cost: £42 + Booking Fee

Includes: Tuition, refreshments and 1 years subscription to The Vegan Organic Network


Have questions about Design 4 Life - Introduction to Forest Gardening with Graham Burnett @ OrganicLea? Contact Paul Smorthit

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where


OrganicLea
115 Hawkwood Crescent
Chingford
E4 7UH London
United Kingdom

Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)


  Add to my calendar

Organizer

Paul Smorthit

The Light Gap - Making way for ecological, cultural, social and spiritual emergence. Promoting regenerative #permaculture design and training beyond sustainability.
 
  Contact the Organizer

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.