Christmas came early on the Farm this week with news that we’ve been awarded nearly £7,000 from the RE:Leaf Community Grants scheme, to establish a new forest garden on the Farm.
A forest garden is a carefully designed woodland ecosystem that mimics the different layers found in natural forests and that includes trees, shrubs and perennial plants. Forest gardens are highly productive, with crops that include fruits, nuts, edible leaves, spices, medicinal plants and materials for woodland crafts. As well as native species, more unusual varieties of fruit and nut, such as the heart nut (pictured here) will be grown.
The Forty Forest Garden project will be a collaborative project between the Farm and Capel Manor’s Arboriculture department. The Garden will involve the planting of hundreds of trees and plants, and will also include a new pond, outdoor teaching space and raised beds for vegetable growing.
We’re really excited by this project and are already busy getting stuck in preparing the site for the Garden.
If you’d like to find out more about the project, or would like to get involved, get in touch with us.