Forest Gardening September 2022


3rd - 4th September 2022

(if you can't make this date there is also a course on the 21st - 22nd May 2022 click here for more info)

Course Facilitator:

Chris Evans


Applewood Permaculture Centre, Herefordshire UK

Course Description

This 2-day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening involves theory and practice from visioning to harvesting, at a beautiful venue where they have started to be established over the past 5 years.

The 2-day course will cover:

  • Benefits of forest gardening
  • Ecological principles
  • Site selection and design
  • Integration of permaculture principles and design process
  • Species selection
  • Plant propagation
  • Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting
  • 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, and planting a forest garden.

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.

You will be able to go home and start your journey into forest gardening, or be better informed to manage a forest garden that you have already started. And you’ll know how to continue your journey through research into existing literature and being part of an ever-growing network of forest gardeners in the UK

Anyone wanting to establish forest gardens by themselves or with others, privately or as a community venture

Truly inspirational. Really well paced with mix of indoor/outdoor, theory/practical. Feel equipped to make the next steps. Thank you so much!


Due to Covid-19 we are requesting that participants bring their own food, snacks and drinks. Participants coming from far afield are welcome to arrive on Friday evening and/or stay over on Saturday night - please let us know your needs. Camping is free. We regret that indoor accommodation is not available in the circumstances.


3rd - 4th September 2022

 (if you can't make this date there is also a course on the 21st-22nd May 2022)

The course will run over the weekend beginning in the morning on the Saturday at 9.30am (please arrive by 9am to get settled in), and will finish on the Sunday at 5.30pm.


• Concessionary rate (3 places available for unemployed, pensioners & students, on a first-come first served basis) – £75

• Low-income rate (under £12k/year income) – £95

• Full rate – £125

We offer this sliding scale on an honesty basis and to try and make courses more available for low-income groups. We trust that you will pay what is right for you. Payment by instalments are also accepted - please let us know.

Bring a Friend

Who do you know that could also benefit from learning about Forest Gardening? We offer a 10% discount on your course fee if you can bring a friend to attend the course (this offer is available any time after you book your own place, right up until the course starts).


Email Emma in the office here to book.  

Coronavirus update

With regards the coronavirus, we don't know what the situation will be by the time this course will take place and we aim to let you know in plenty of time if things are going to change. If we have to cancel we will offer the option of a full refund. If you have to drop out and the course is still going ahead, we will refund minus an admin fee. Alternatively you can transfer your fees already paid to a future course, without an admin fee.

Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

Facilitators & Venue

Chris BioChris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK senior level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

The Venue
Applewood Permaculture Centre is a 20 acre smallholding. Looby and Chris are lucky to have this as their family home with their 2 daughters as well as a training centre. We have had the place since July 2016 so we are in the early days of observation and design ideas for setting this up as a demonstration centre. There are various teaching spaces, from heated yurt and barn space to outdoor marquee and open air. There are many diverse habitats here already; we have woodland, orchard, pasture, pool and gardens. Applewood is a tranquil sanctuary for wildlife and people alike. We are blessed with night times filled with owl hoots and immense starry skies that you’ll get to enjoy round an outside fire.