Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust is one of the leading experts of forest gardening in temperate climates. And he lives just down the road! So I was more than a little intrigued that he planned to create a mini forest garden and wanted me to help.
Along with Angus, I spent a couple of days completely clearing the very overgrown space, removing all the trees, bushes, brambles and grass to prepare the site for planting. I then installed a fence made from cleft chestnut stakes, interwoven with hazel gleaned from the last hedge steeping job.
Martin planted up the garden using an amazing variety of useful plants he grows at his nursery in Littlehempston. I then returned to put up a small post and rail enclosure to stop his bins running away. I have to admit it’s the first time I’ve done a fence to keep bins in, but it’s good to know that these old skills can have modern applications. And bins are easier to contain than sheep, that’s for sure…
I’m looking forward to seeing how this little project develops over time. For more information have a look at Martin’s new website using the link above.