|June 3rd 2016: We extended our forest garden planting site at the back of the Quay Community Centre during this workshop. We used some of the apple trees from our orchard which were taken from grafts of local trees in 2015. There’s Worcester berries and Loganberries, more chives and rhubarb with N-fixation coming from Eleagnus. Again planting was carried out by members of the local community with some help from Paula and Caithriona…
Oct 16th 2015: What can only be described as a fabulous group of volunteers turned out at our Forest Gardening workshop on this glorious sunshiney day!
Aug 2015: Which fruit trees to choose?Paula clears apples from baby trees grafted from Westport House Orchard – they’re collapsing under the weight of a bumper harvest of cider apples!
Forest Gardening Workshop July 2014: The 2-day workshop provided an introduction to Forest Gardening, a technique based on planting a mix of trees, shrubs and perennial plants. This is a low maintenance, permanent, resilient, stable, organic system of producing your food & other needs, within a fertility hub.
The workshop facilitator was Cleo de Vito, an experienced Forest Gardening teacher and group facilitator who has studied with Martin Crawford at the Agroforestry Research Trust in the UK.
Funding for the workshop was kindly provided by Westport Town Council.
Attendees at the 2-day workshop learned:
– Forest Gardening design principles
In addition, we looked at some of the many annual & perennial plants suitable for food, fuel, fibre & much more.
The workshop took place at Sharkey Hill in Westport and involved both classroom work and a smaller, outdoor section whee we planted on the Westport Town Greenway extension.
The idea of growing an edible landscape along the Great Western Greenway originated at a Westport community enterprise event in 2012 (SHeDD Talks), which focused on the power of the community to inspire local food growing projects.
If you would like to take part in one of our workshops please contact us.