Garden of Resilience: Forest Garden

Forest Garden

This is the text on the board next to the forest garden bed:

Forest Gardens are a way of working with the natural world to create beautiful productive gardens.

They are designed to contain many layers of useful species: larger and smaller trees (often fruit and nuts), shrubs (often fruit bushes), vines, perennial plants (often edible), pollinator friendly plants, ground covering plants and habitat boosters such as bird, bat and hedgehog boxes, log piles etc.

Forest Gardens create a healthy, diverse, productive and resilient community.

Forest Gardens are very 3D. They are great for wildlife and carbon capture as they hold a lot more life per square metre than an ordinary garden.

Forest Gardens mimic the species rich, natural, woodland edge habitat.

Forest Gardens aim to be self-sustaining ecosystems. Plants which can fix nitrogen from the air are incorporated as are companion plants, ground covers, plants good for natural pest enemies and dynamic accumulators (plants which are good at absorbing minerals from the soil which are then incorporated into their leaves and returned to the surface as these die back). Forest Gardens require less input and work.

List of plants

Here is a list of the plants that we have planted in the Forest Garden raised bed:

  • Morello Cherry on Gisela 5 rootstock
  • Cornus alba "Sibirica variegata"
  • Genista Lydia
  • Primula vulgaris
  • Muscari armeniacum
  • Blackcurrant "Ben More"
  • Redcurrant "Rovada"
  • Cornus sanguinia "Midwinter fire"
  • Comfrey (Bocking 14)
  • Asplenium "Angustatum"
  • Asplenium scolopendrium
  • Polystichum munitum
  • Polypodium vulgare
  • Welsh onions
  • Geranium macrorhysum "Bevans variety"
  • Sarcococca hookeriana
  • Cyclamen hederofolium
  • Arum italicum
  • Euphorbia robbiae
  • Chives
  • Nepeta tuberosa
  • Brunners "Jack Frost"
  • Stachys byzantina "Silver Carpet"
  • Vinca minor
  • Lathyrus vernus
  • Primula vulgaris
  • Ranunculus aconitifolius
  • Thymus varieties mixed
  • Origano varieties


  • Miniature daffodils
  • Narcissus "February Gold" (Feb-Mar)
  • Narcissus "Jetfire" (Mar-Apr)
  • Narcissus "Hawera" (Apr-May)
  • Snowdrops
  • Crocus tommasinianus mixed

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