Using the principles and techniques of permaculture we are aiming to create

• A beautiful and productive multi-layered forest garden
• A place that is a haven for wildlife
• An outdoor learning space and a resource for the teaching of permaculture

This Forest Garden is a combined project of Deborah Wolton of The Quadrangle Trust, Alastair MacKenzie and Josef Davies Coates. It is at The Quadrangle between the villages of Shoreham and Otford, in an idyllic setting in the Darent Valley next to the river and close to water meadows. The Quadrangle was built in 1870 as a model dairy farm by Henry Bingham Mildmay.

The Forest Garden project started off on a pasture field of 2.2 acres, previously grazed by horses, that had been unused for some years. In 2010 -11  the concept of a forest garden been taking shape.

Our aim is to involve our partners in every stage, planting, maintaining, harvesting and distributing the produce. We hope to create a forest garden that is a haven for wildlife, a place that is inspiring and beautiful and a resource for the teaching of permaculture design skills. Our first tree planting session was joined by teenage refugees from a project in Croydon, and the second by 5 local families and their children.

Forest gardens are 3 dimensional gardens similar in structure to young natural woodlands, with a canopy layer, a shrub layer and an herb layer.

Human beings global impact on the environment means we are challenged to transform everything we do, including food production, in such a way that at the end of the day we have locked more carbon into the ground than we have emitted.

Forest gardening is a demonstration of how to move towards a system that is diverse, robust and perennial, based on building up a soil that is able to draw up its own nutrients and lock up carbon.

Aims of the Quadrangle Trust Forest Garden

• put the former pasture field to productive use using permaculture principles

• enhance and create wildlife habitats

• create a place of beauty

• involve partners from a range of backgrounds both locally and from London

• develop the forest garden as a teaching resource

• include spaces for occasional camping for those involved in the forest garden

• include the space for a large semi-permanent yurt or tipi

• include spaces for car parking for a maximum of 20 cars

• include composting, compost toilets, rainwater harvesting

• include a propagation/nursery area

• include a lockable tool store

If you would like to host or attend a workshop do get in touch !

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