Forest Gardening

Ref: C3840506

In this course you will learn how you can combine trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables to create colourful, productive and nature-friendly gardens. This concept can work on any scale, from a backyard to public spaces and farms. We will see examples of existing gardens and you will have a chance to think about how to improve your own garden or allotment. Course tutor Tomas Remiarz has recently published Forest Gardening in Practice, the first in-depth review of forest gardens.

Course aim

Introduce the basic principles of forest gardening Develop skills and knowledge to plan, establish and maintain a home-scale forest garden Show the potential of forest gardens in a variety of situations Introduce resources for further learning

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of forest gardening
  • Design and establish a small forest garden
  • Find resources for further learning
  • Begin to apply the forest garden concept in neighbourhoods, public spaces and small-scale enterprises

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • You will have the option of planning a garden, and get feedback on your ideas from the tutor and other students.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring a notebook and pen. You can also bring art materials which may be useful for design work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • WEA courses include Make your own Plants and Permaculture for Sustainable Living, which is accredited through the Permaculture Association.

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Forest Gardening


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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