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Forest garden courses 2024

Here is my list of forest garden courses for 2024.

Introduction to forest gardening

This one day course will introduce the principles and the plants of edible forest gardening. Topics will include how a forest garden works, the forest garden year, forest garden plants, and harvesting and cooking forest garden crops. The course be particularly aimed at those who want to grow in an allotment or small garden.

Saturday 27th April, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Sunday 15th June, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Beginning a forest garden

This one day course will cover the practical steps involved in starting a new forest garden, including understanding your site, planning your garden, access, starting a nursery bed, ground preparation and plant propagation and acquisition.

Details to be arranged, but probably Sunday 8 September, near Huntly.

Forest gardening in communities

This is the introductory course, tweaked for those who want to do their community garden in a community space such as a park or community garden. With visits to my forest garden, a nearby community garden and a community-run park.

Sunday 11 August, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Pruning fruit trees and bushes

Pruning is used in orchards and forest gardens to improve yield, health and access. Getting it right involves understanding the growth patterns of the plant you are pruning, to guide it into putting less of its energy into woody growth and more into fruit.  This course will introduce the principles that underpin all pruning, and how they apply to apples, pears, plums, cherries, currants, gooseberries and cane fruit. The main course is two hours but on the March course there will be an opportunity in the afternoon for those who want to practice what they have learned to do so in a community orchard.

Sunday 10 March, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – booking link
Sunday 10 November 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – booking link

Seed collection

Seed collection, cleaning and storage and how to maintain diversity and breed your own landraces.

Sunday 13 October, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – booking link

Details

All courses will be held in my forest garden in Aberdeen unless otherwise mentioned. They will be cancelled in the event of illness or severe weather and a full refund or transfer to another course will be given. You can cancel until 2 days earlier. There are three ticket types: standard, supporter and skint. The ‘skint’ rate is for those who would not be able to come if they had to pay the standard rate. The supporter rate helps me to provide these places. If you need to stay in Aberdeen to make attending any of the courses possible, I can put up one person or couple for a night in my spare room. First come, first served! If you have any symptoms of covid (or anything else contagious and nasty), do not come. I will give you a full refund or you can come on a different course. If a course is full and you would like to go on a waiting list, please email me. Further details are in the individual course booking pages.

Forest garden courses 2023

For 2024 courses see www.foodforest.garden/2024/02/21/forest-garden-courses-2024/

Introduction to forest gardening

This one day course will introduce the principles and the plants of edible forest gardening. Topics will include how a forest garden works, the forest garden year, forest garden plants, and harvesting and cooking forest garden crops. The course be particularly aimed at those who want to grow in an allotment or small garden.

Sunday 14th May, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Sunday 4th June, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Monday 24th July 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Sunday 13th August, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Forest gardening through the year

These two courses are each in four parts, spread out over the year. They are a chance to see (and taste) the development of a forest garden through the year, with forest gardening principles and practice taught over the course of the visits, plus the tasks and harvests for each season. They are on weekdays, with daytime and evening options. The evening one is two hours per class, for those who might not be able to make it during the day. The daytime one is a more relaxed three hours per session.

Daytime – times and booking link
Evening – times and booking link

Beginning a forest garden

This one day course will cover the practical steps involved in starting a new forest garden, including understanding your site, planning your garden, access, starting a nursery bed, ground preparation and plant propagation and acquisition. The September course will be held near Huntly.

Sunday 10th September, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Sunday 15th October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Forest gardening in communities

This is the introductory course, for those who want to do their community garden in a community space such as a park or community garden. With visits to my forest garden, a nearby community garden and a community-run park.

Sunday 2 July, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Pruning fruit trees and bushes

Pruning is used in orchards and forest gardens to improve yield, health and access. Getting it right involves understanding the growth patterns of the plant you are pruning, to guide it into putting less of its energy into woody growth and more into fruit.  This course will introduce the principles that underpin all pruning, and how they apply to apples, pears, plums, cherries, currants, gooseberries and cane fruit. The main course is two hours but there will be an opportunity in the afternoon for those who want to practice what they have learned to do so in a community orchard.

Sunday 12 March, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – booking link
Friday 10 November 12 a.m. to 3 p.m., near Castle Fraser – booking link

Details

All courses will be held in my forest garden in Aberdeen unless otherwise mentioned. They will be cancelled in the event of illness or severe weather and a full refund or transfer to another course will be given. You can cancel until 2 days earlier. There are three ticket types: standard, supporter and skint. The ‘skint’ rate is for those who would not be able to come if they had to pay the standard rate. The supporter rate helps me to provide these places.

If you need to stay in Aberdeen to make attending any of the courses possible, I can put up one person or couple for a night in my spare room. First come, first served!

If you have any symptoms of covid (or anything else contagious and nasty), do not come. I will give you a full refund or you can come on a different course.

If a course is full and you would like to go on a waiting list, please email me.

Further details are in the individual course booking pages.

Forest garden courses 2022

2023 COURSES NOW OUT

For all those who have been asking, I have put together a programme of courses on forest gardening for 2022. I’ve tried to offer a bit more variety than the introductions that I have done in previous years – although these are still definitely in the mix.

Introduction to forest gardening

This one day course will introduce the principles and the plants of edible forest gardening. Topics will include how a forest garden works, the forest garden year, forest garden plants, and harvesting and cooking forest garden crops. The course be particularly aimed at those who want to grow in an allotment, small garden or community setting. £40 per person.

Sunday 29th May, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Saturday 25th June, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – cancelled due to covid 🙁
Saturday 6th August 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Beginning a forest garden

This one day course will cover the practical steps involved in starting a new forest garden, including understanding your site, planning your garden, access, starting a nursery bed, ground preparation and plant propagation and acquisition. £40 per person. The October course will be held near Huntly.

Sunday 18th September, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link
Saturday 15th October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – booking link

Pruning fruit trees and bushes

Pruning is used in orchards and forest gardens to improve yield, health and access. Getting it right involves understanding the growth patterns of the plant you are pruning, to guide it into putting less of its energy into woody growth and more into fruit.  This course will introduce the principles that underpin all pruning, and how they apply to apples, pears, plums, cherries, currants, gooseberries and cane fruit. The main course is two hours but there will be an opportunity in the afternoon for those who want to practice what they have learned to do so in a community orchard. £20 per person.

Wed 16th November, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – booking link

Sun 20th November, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – booking link – THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY RECEIVED A REFUND

Forest gardening through the year

The format of this course is a bit of an experiment. It is a chance to see (and taste) the development of a forest garden through the year, with forest gardening principles and practice taught in a more informal way over the course of the visits. This course is by donation on the day, with a £5 suggested donation. Barter welcome!

16th May, 6th June, 4th July, 8th August & 5th September, 2-4 p.m. – booking link

Details

All courses will be held in my forest garden in Aberdeen unless otherwise mentioned. They will be cancelled in the event of illness or severe weather and a full refund or transfer to another course will be given. If you want to come on any of the courses but the cost is genuinely a barrier, contact me. If you need to stay in Aberdeen to make attending any of the courses possible, I can put up one person or couple for a night. If you have any symptoms of covid (or anything else contagious and nasty), do not come. I will give you a full refund or you can come on a different course. Further details are in the individual course booking pages.

Forest garden courses 2019

I have set dates for a couple of Introduction to Forest Gardening courses in the next few months. These are the only courses that I’ll have time to do this year.
Day courses
The one-day course will cover all the basics that you need to start forest gardening, including designing, planting, looking after, harvesting, cooking and eating from your garden. It should be particularly relevant to those growing in an allotment, small garden or community setting. It will cost £50 and will be on the dates below. I can take a maximum of 8 people on each, so please book in advance. You can book by clicking on the booking link below. If you would like to come but really can’t afford the fee, email me.
Saturday 27th July  11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Tuesday 8th October 11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Accommodation
If you need to stay over in Aberdeen for any course I can put one person up in my spare room (two if they are willing to share a small bed). First come, first served!
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Update on forest gardening courses 2018

I’m happy to say that the the first forest gardening course went very well, apart from me almost losing my voice from talking so much! The two participants who made themselves my guinea pigs were great company, and the weather was so good that we didn’t leave the garden once in the whole six hours (thanks to the Kelly kettle).
I’ve now added one more day course and settled on dates and a format for the evening course. This should be all the courses I do this year now (but if a date is booked out or you can’t make any of the dates, email me). A quirk of the booking site that I used meant that booking for the August and September courses closed after the July one, so if you tried to book and were told that there were no tickets, try again!
The full course details now go like this:
Day courses
The one-day course will cover all the basics that you need to start forest gardening. It will cost £50 and will be on the dates below. I can take a maximum of 8 people on each, so please book in advance. You can book by clicking on the booking links below. Please note that for the August and September courses the booking site will tell you that there are no tickets for sale until you choose a date.
Sunday 12 August  11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Sunday 9 September  11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Sunday 14 October 11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Evening classes
The evening classes will be more informal, and will be about having a look at whatever crops and tasks are happening in the garden on that date. Over the course of a year, participants should get a full picture of the workings of a forest garden. The cost per evening will be £5. If you are interested in the evening classes please email me at dalancarter@yahoo.co.uk. The dates and times are below – note that the times change because it gets dark earlier each time!
Thursday 16 August 19:00 – 20:00
Thursday 13 September 18:00 – 19:00
Thursday 11 October 16:30 – 17:30
Accommodation
If you need to stay over in Aberdeen for any course I can put one person up in my spare room (two if they are willing to share a small bed). First come, first served!
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Forest gardening courses 2018

After many requests, I have finally organised some official forest gardening courses, based in the garden itself. There are two kinds: a one-day introductory course and a monthly evening course.
Day courses
The one-day course will cover all the basics that you need to start forest gardening. It will cost £50 and will be on the dates below. I can take a maximum of 8 people on each, so please book in advance. You can book by clicking on the booking link below. Please note that for the August and September courses the booking site will tell you that there are no tickets for sale until you choose a date.
Sunday 15 July  11:00 – 17:00
Sunday 12 August  11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Sunday 9 September  11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Sunday 14 October 11:00 – 17:00 – booking link
Evening classes
The evening classes will be more informal, and will be about having a look at whatever crops and tasks are happening in the garden on that date. Over the course of a year, participants should get a full picture of the workings of a forest garden. The cost per evening will be £5. If you are interested in the evening classes please email me at dalancarter@yahoo.co.uk. The dates and times are below – note that the times change because it gets dark earlier each time!
Thursday 16 August 19:00 – 20:00
Thursday 13 September 18:00 – 19:00
Thursday 11 October 16:30 – 17:30
Accommodation
If you need to stay over in Aberdeen for any course I can put one person up in my spare room (two if they are willing to share a small bed). First come, first served!
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