Starting a Forest Garden

By woodlandstv

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Here Lisa Aitken and Charles Hooper describe how they have created a Forest Garden - an open woodland ecosystem using a range of trees, shrubs and plants for harvest. They share their joint passion for horticulture, self-sufficiency and their desire to work with the land to leave a lasting legacy. They talk us through the design process which includes seven layers of growth with the aim of cultivating the space available to increase biodiversity. Lisa and Charles point out the importance of understanding the condition of the soil, of growing plants for sun or shade in relevant areas, as well as the bonus of having accessible water on site - all with the reassurance that gardening knowledge will increase over time, just as the forest garden will grow and thrive, providing fruit, vegetables, nuts and more for years to come. http://www.forestgarden.info/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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Great video of a great project promoting #agroforestry,  added video to our playlist. thanks

Great video. Who are the couple and do they have a channel/site?

Daves Faves

May 31, 2017

Tam McDonnagh I think you're right but if you are he's put on some weight!

edward charles

May 31, 2017

Tam McDonnagh mmmmm not sure on second thoughts. If you mean the treadle lathe episode I think this guy is about 15 years older but looks similar.

edward charles

May 31, 2017

This is the opposite of a forest garden. These people have no idea what they are talking about. The #1 aspect of a forest garden is not turning the soil, not bringing in amendments, etc. The basic element of a forest garden is FUNGUS. Sheet mulching followed by wood mulching over any ground is the basis of a forest garden. They people are just making a garden with trees and shrubs – aka a Country Estate garden. These people are literally just talking out of the side of their head. They have Zero Understanding. Find a better video.

tony okrongly

February 9, 2020


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