January 2017

It has been a busy Autumn turning our 30 year old forest garden at Hadley End into somewhere interesting, practical and fun to visit. Unfortunately it meant a bit of felling and laurel clearing but the resulting light levels and the sense of space has been amazing. A new Mulberry will fill some of it.

Forest Harvest is now a charity with our objects of education and demonstration of Sustainable Living. To this end other plants have been started like Autumn raspberries for food, plants for our bees like winter-flowering pulmonaria, hellebores and a medlar for fruit and history.

Also new raised beds have been made for herbs, another for dye plants and three more to demonstrate crop rotation.

Attention has also been given to clearing out the shelter so there is somewhere for teaching and workshops.

…. And the most satisfying of all our work so far, the living willow outside toilet with a Philadelphus planted for a convenient soap.