Forest Gardening Workshop

3rd September 2022

  • 50 British pounds
  • St Brides Farmhouse, Stanton Hill, Derbyshire

Available spots


Saturday 3rd September 2022, 10 am to 4pm Venue: St Brides Farmhouse, Stanton Hill (A514), near Stanton by Bridge, Derbyshire, DE73 7NF (morning) and Whistlewood Common, Melbourne (afternoon) What is a forest garden? Forest gardens (also known as food forests or agroforestry) are modelled on natural woodland with a diversity of mostly-perennial plants meeting a variety of human and non-human needs – such as food, craft materials, timber, medicines, dye materials, food for pollinators and more… They can be large or small, and by redesigning a small space you can create a low-maintenance, ecological space that is productive for you and your family (and beautiful too). What will I learn? In the morning session you will learn What a forest garden is, some examples – large and small What Permaculture is The seven layers of a forest garden Forest garden design Designing in fertility and low-maintenance Advice on plant choices How and when to plant Advice on maintenance, pests and diseases Signposting to further resources Accessibility and additional needs We aim to make all our courses as accessible as possible – please let us know if you have any additional needs that you would like us to know about. There is the option of walking or driving/lift-sharing between the two sites depending on your energy levels. There will be a variety of different tasks in the afternoon to suit different physical abilities. The toilets at the roundhouse at Whistlewood Common are accessible. St Brides toilets are not accessible due to the age of the house, however, we can provide an accessible toilet space on request. The forest gardens at both sites are on rough terrain. Tutors: Sarah Spencer is a permaculture designer and holder of a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. She has designed her own smallholding and was the lead designer for Whistlewood Common and Melbourne Schools food forest. She is founder of Think like a Tree supporting people in how to use natural principles for our own health and wellbeing and for the wellbeing of the world. Samantha Woods of Seed of the Forest will also be present throughout the day to answer your questions on Permaculture and forest gardening. Sam is a permaculture designer, teacher and diploma tutor and lives in Leicester. To book and for more information visit: