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Forest Gardening in Practice

Tomas Remiarz


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 in depth review of forest gardening with living, best practice examples. It highlights the four core skills of forest gardeners: ecology, horticulture, design, cooperation.

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A forest garden is a place where Nature and people meet halfway, between the canopy of 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.

Forest Gardening In Practice features:

  • A history of forest gardening
  • Step-by-step guide to creating your own edible ecosystem
  • 14 in-depth case studies of established forest gardens and edible landscapes in Europe and the USA
  • Chapters on integrating animals, learning, enterprises, working in community and public settings.

"Recent years have seen the publication of a number of 'how to' books covering forest gardening theory, design and plant selection. But up until now there has been little in-depth material reflecting upon how actual examples have functioned and fared in the real world. Here Tomas Remiarz, himself an experienced practitioner, gathers, distills and shares the fruits of more than three decades of 'citizen science' observation of what works and what doesn't, demonstrating the power of people, communities and Nature. Painstakingly researched yet highly readable, and totally packed with fruity stories and lessons, 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 are needed more than ever."

Graham Burnett, permaculture teacher, forest gardener and author of The Vegan Book of Permaculture

"A really valuable survey of forest gardens, along with their gardeners rationale for setting up and implementing them, makes this a fascinating book. Tomas is one of the first to look at the relationship between people and forest gardens and writes with authority and clarity."

Martin Crawford, Agroforestry Research Trust

"Tomas Remiarz provides the reader with a survey of a maturing movement for cold-climate food forestry. His work shows the depth and breadth of this international movement, and allows us to learn from the experience of practitioners around the world."

Eric Toensmeier, permaculture teacher and author

Product Details

ISBN 9781856232937
Size 275 x 222mm
Page extent 256

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