Fernhill Cottage, home forest garden

Gardens that feed all your senses, with crops all year round.

Fern Cottage, West Yorkshire


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Community gardens for learning and working together.

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Ducks integrated into forest garden

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Shared abundance in healthy urban neighbourhoods.

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Welcome to real-life forest gardening!

Forest gardens or food forests come in all shapes and sizes, from a tiny patch in a back garden to sites of many acres. You can find them in peoples homes, on allotments, in schools, colleges, housing developments and public parks. They are also being used in commercial market gardens and on farms. I have created this website to share my enthusiasm for forest gardens and show how they could help us find better ways to look after ourselves and each other. Over the last four years I have researched over 100 forest gardens, from small back yards to commercial farms. The results of my research are now available as a book with 250 pages of case studies, ecological background and a How-to guide. They are illustrated with beautiful photographs and line drawings by Jed Picksley. Forest Gardening in Practice - Order here .. read more

What's new

Courses and events in 2018 2017 I was busy with promoting “Forest gardening in Practice” which was finally published in April after four years of hard work. After the initial relief of having finished the job I now feel it’s been worthwhile, and the response to it has been very positive. I spent much of the year giving forest gardening talks and workshops throughout the UK and also went to Germany and the Czech Republic, finishing off with a presentation at the sustainable urban food planning conference in Coventry. Forest gardening finally arrives in the academic world! In 2018 I will carry on teaching courses in forest gardening, permaculture and plant skills. Here is the list of courses I will be involved with, with links to booking information and more details. Forest Gardening and plant skills Plant skills course Venue: John Archer Hall, Toxteth, Liverpool dates: 4, 11 and 18 April FREE for people on means-tested benefits and some on

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