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Forest gardening at Margam Discovery Centre

Forest gardening at Margam Discovery Centre

Duration: 3 days

Price: £289

Contact: Lizzie Buckwell at Field Studies Council, Margam

Margam Discovery Centre
Margam Park
Port Talbot
SA13 2UA
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 8th May 2020

About the Course

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 and 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.

This is a two day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting. The course will cover:
Benefits of forest gardening
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 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 and 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.

Course tutor: Chris Evans
The tutor is Chris Evans from Applewood Permaculture Centre in North Herefordshire, who is an internationally renown permaculture activist and educator, and has many years’ experience of establishing, maintaining and teaching about forest gardening. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

What to Bring
Memory stick/storage device of 8GB (min) for handouts and relevant materials
Notebooks/journal,
Pen, pencil, coloured crayons, ruler, etc.
Outdoor-weather clothing
Boots/wellies
Work/Gardening gloves

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What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance



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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly