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Forest Garden

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This one day course is an introduction to growing fruit, herbs, salads, vegetables and nuts in a highly productive but potentially low maintenance planting scheme. By the end of the day, participants will have a basic understanding of the principles of an Edible Woodland, also known as a Forest Garden.

Old Sleningford Farm Forest Garden was started in November 2004, planted in stages and still being added to 12 years on.

Who will benefit from the course?

Anyone who would like to grow their own food with minimal input will be interested in this course. No previous knowledge is required and the content of the day will be pitched at the level of the participants existing gardening experience.

An edible woodland can be created from new, or from an existing planting - an orchard for example. You don’t need a huge amount of space either - a ‘forest’ can be created with just a few trees or hundreds.

The learning sessions will take place in an upstairs classroom and in the Forest Garden. If you have a disability, please contact us to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

What will be covered and how will you learn?

· Basic design of a Forest Garden

· Choosing plants and trees

· Potential yields

· Maintenance once the planting has been done

The course will be a mix of classroom and outdoor sessions with plenty of discussion and question time. We will visit the Forest Garden, whatever the weather!

What to bring

Warm/waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear or sun hat and sun cream

Pen, note pad etc

Camera (optional)

Sunday 30th July 2017

9.30am to 4pm. £50 per person including lunch and refreshments. If you’d like to see around the rest of the farm (raised beds, orchard, pigs, chickens, sheep, geese, polytunnel, please allow at least an extra half hour after the course ends.

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