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Forest Gardening Course

Covid 19 update - Courses are not running in 2020

Forest Gardening weekend
10-12 July 2020

With Chris Evans

Full rate, includes all meals - £160 to £200 (Sliding scale - pay what you can afford according to your income).
Concessions: £140 (limited to 3 places)

Camping fee £6 per person per night

Food: 3 fab meals a day will be provided as well as hot/cold drinks, food is always nutritious & delicious, vegetarian and fresh – using organic produce grown at karuna whenever possible.

Times : Saturday & Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm.

Arrivals from Friday evening 4pm onward

Booking - please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page

More info - 01694 -751374; Email: [email protected]

Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. The aim is to create a low input, high output system that benefits people and the environment, providing a great range of products. A forest garden is designed and established according to site and the needs of the client.

At Karuna you will be able to see & learn from examples of forest gardens that have been establishing over some years and see Permaculture in action all around you.

The course will assist participants to visualize, plan, establish and continue to maintain, harvest and learn from a forest garden, be it at home or on someone else's land such as a community garden, school garden, etc.

Course outline The basic 2-day course will cover:
· Benefits of forest gardening
· Site selection and design
· Integration of Permaculture principles and design process
· Species selection
· Plant propagation
· Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting
· Processing of produce
· Integration with other farm and garden systems

The course will include hands-on practicals in topics such as plant propagation (grafting, budding, layering, etc.), mulching, site surveying and design layout.

Course tutor is Chris Evans He has taught Permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied Permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

What others say about the course

“I have been inspired after my visit on a Forest Gardening course and will apply what I have learnt on my own area. It was fabulous waking up and being able to nibble on fruit and herbs outside the tent and the compost toilet was such a pleasant surprise.... “ Remany

One of the forest Gardening course participants in 2011 has written about her experience - the feature was published in the popular Permaculture Magazine (winter 2011 issue) click here to read the article "tasting the vision" Vanessa Spedding senses the potential of natural living in a Shropshire Forest Garden of Eden.

Karuna's Forest Garden is in this book

We do expect people to play fair and to be considerate. We are able to offer courses at the lower rate for those who are unable to pay more because those who can afford to pay choose to pay the full amount. So please, if you are in the fortunate position that you can choose not to work, due to large savings or investments perhaps, then please pay the full course fees and not the rate quoted for those who are unwaged or on low income.

The Concessionary rate - 3 places, available for unemployed, pensioners & students, on a first-come first served basis.

If you have not heard from us within 2 days of submitting the form, please email us ([email protected] - possibly we have not received your form) thank you very much.