Can you help create a five-acre forest garden?

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Forest of Hearts is a new charitable social enterprise (a CIO) creating a five-acre forest garden close to the site of the former Snitterfield WWII RAF training camp, in Warwickshire, three miles from Stratford.

Forest gardens build on centuries-old methods of woodland husbandry to preserve and develop local eco-systems, creating gardens of purpose (food production, environmental sustainability, bio-diversity) and pleasure (beautiful spaces for contemplation and enjoyment).

Forest of Hearts’ aim is to create a five-acre forest garden with over 100 species of edible plants, shrubs and trees, over a hundred fruit tree guild gardens (planting multiple crops in a defined space to create a polyculture), ten kilometres of of accessible paths, a thousand trees and a thousand metres of hedgerow.

The project will require thousands of volunteer-hours and as well as its social and environmental benefits will offer apprenticeship placements in a range of woodland skills.

When complete the layout will resemble the internal mechanism of a traditionally-made watch.

To find out more or to sponsor, volunteer or get involved in other ways send mail to Carole Longden.

Contact details.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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