In this edition of our Permaculture Stories series permaculture designer and teacher Tomas Remiarz discusses his newly published book ‘Forest Gardening in Practice’. In addition to offering a practical illustrated guide to setting up a forest garden, this work also represents an important survey of some thirty years of applied forest gardening in the UK, Europe and the USA. It follows the evolution of the concepts originally developed by Robert Hart in his small plot in Shropshire to what has become a maturing movement for cold climate food forestry.
A forest garden is a place where nature and people meet halfway, between the canopy of the trees and the soil underfoot. It doesn’t have to look like a forest – what’s important is that natural processes are allowed to unfold, to the benefit of plants, people and other creatures. The result is an edible ecosystem.
For three decades experimental forest gardens have been planted in temperate cities and rural sites, in households, neighbourhoods, community gardens, parks, market gardens and plant nurseries. Forest Gardening In Practice is the first indepth review of forest gardening with living, best practice examples. It highlights the four core skills of forest gardeners: ecology, horticulture, design, cooperation.
This book is an essential addition to the ‘library of life’ at a time when crucial strategies for both increasing food security and locking up carbon in our trees and soils are needed more than ever. Published by our friends at Permanent Publications, Spiralseed have copies for sale in our shop at the special discount price of £22 (RRP £24.95) – Visit our shop page to purchase and check out out our other deals.