Design A Forest Garden

*These courses are currently on hold while we focusing our energy into redeveloping the classroom site. This will enable us to offer a new range of free and affordable training for the community.*

If you are interested in taking part in training or volunteering, please get in touch via our contact page.


Imagine growing your own apples, berries, rhubarb and strawberries. Or artichokes, hops, rocket and thyme. By using plants with different heights, you'd be using all the space in your community garden. And with a single blitz of planting, you'd enjoy a rolling harvest throughout the year, every year. Come and learn about forest gardening - a no-dig approach that's kind to wildlife and to your back. You will:

  • learn the basics of forest gardening - what makes them work, how they are structured and what they produce
  • take a look at practical examples of forest garden designs and spend time producing your own forest garden design
  • try eating some forest garden produce at lunch, which normally includes a forest garden salad, pickles and pesto
  • meet the plants in the forest garden at Edible Landscapes London, Finsbury Park


comments from previous forest garden students

"Your teaching is really empowering - afterwards i felt i could go away and set up a forest garden! The amazing resources you have created over time of the plants and their properties etc. on your site reinforce this feeling of confidence to get into forest gardening after the course!" Joy. "Absolutely fascinating and very informative," Maria. “It has been fantastic! Jo has been a wonderful course leader.” “A lot of extremely useful and specific detail, passionate and careful and enthused teaching and facilitation and excellent resources and knowledge-sharing.” "A knowledge about forest gardening – yes! Learning about more edible perennial plants and trees, how to identify them and what to do with them – yes!"

about the tutor

Jo Homan has been teaching people forest gardening skills since 2012 and in 2013, with the support of Jan Mulreany from the Brighton Permaculture Trust and Gemma Harris from Urban Harvest, she developed the first ever accredited forest garden course, Creating a Forest Garden (CAFG). She's led 53 students through CAFG and has now adapted the 15 day course into this one day taster, to make forest gardening accessible to larger numbers of people. Jo's favourite forest garden nibbles: lovage, saltbush, jostaberries and chestnuts. Here she is talking about forest gardening and there are a few more interviews with her here. Jo was a primary school teacher, layout artist, print manager and childminder before setting up Transition Finsbury Park and then founding Edible Landscapes London. She also enjoys climbing and swing dancing.