From 5 square metre urban gardens to 200 acre farms, from community parks to steep hillsides with budgets big and small and clients with little to lots of experience. Here are a few example projects which have been planted and are maturing into edible and beautiful spaces.
200 Acre Farm, near Swindon
An ambitious and extensive project for Helen Browning OBE, CEO of the Soil Association to begin the transformation of her farm to have as many productive trees as livestock! This design included agroforestry which enabled continued grazing and a kitchen forest garden for the production of fruit and other edibles for the business. The main design was complemented with species lists and a full business plan for the project showing economic viability. Find out more about this project.
A design to transform a north-facing Bristol Garden, dominated by concrete into a polyculture which acts as wildlife haven and source of fruit and veg. This intricate design led to the creation of a miniature forest garden, veg and herb patch and wildlife areas all packed into a tiny city space! With a very small budget the design maximised on existing features and needed to be easily implemented by the clients to create a space for enjoyment, home grown food and wildlife.
Welsh Hillside Agroforestry
A couple of projects for private landowners to restore hillside landscapes whilst improving productivity and decreasing erosion and flooding. Designed to create microclimates on the farms to allow for otherwise impossible species to be viable the designs worked with the natural assets and influenced the movement and storage of water on site whilst creating spaces where crops such as almonds, apricots and grapes can be successfully grown. Yes even in Wales! Find out more about this project.
A design for Bristol City council to transform Purdown, an important open space in central Bristol. The project created an edible woodland, accessible by all to encourage engagement and use of natural spaces and the foraging of healthy foods. Imitating a woodland but formed of native and cultivated edibles such as elder, walnut, pears, almonds and redcurrants this project engaged the local population to plant and care for the Edible Woodland and support their best use of it. Find out more about this project.