Orchard Skills Programme 2012 (year-long)

Orchard Skills Project

In 2012 we ran a year-long programme of workshops and open days themed around trees, hedges and gardening for wildlife. The programme, funded by Awards for All, enabled us to reach out to hundreds of local community members through tree plantings, educational sessions and outreach events.  We planted a community orchard at the Forest Farm site, worked with five local schools to establish mini-orchards, designed and planted a forest garden area at the community garden, and much more!

Below you can find information about some of the events we held in our Orchard Skills programme.


Sunday 18th November. 10am – 4pm

Forest Gardening workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden

We are pleased to announce that the well known and expert permaculture teacher Graham Burnett will be leading a free, day-long workshop on forest gardening at Forest Farm Peace Garden on the 18th November.

Forest gardening is a cutting-edge food growing system which replicates woodland ecosystems to create a sustainable, low maintenance and high yield garden producing fruit, nuts and vegetables. The workshop will provide an engaging introduction to forest gardens through theory and activities, with plenty of opportunities to get stuck into designing and planting a forest garden on our beautiful two acre site.

The course is free of charge, but booking is necessary. Please email
info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org with your name, email address and the borough you live in to reserve a place.

Attendees should wear clothing suitable for working outdoors and bring a packed lunch. Herbal tea from the Garden will be provided.


Sunday 14th October 2012, 12 – 4 pm: Abundance Day We hope you will join us for our autumn open day – Abundance Day – to celebrate the harvest.  Come along to press juice from local apples, sample and buy preserves and food made from Garden produce, and get food growing and “gardening for wildlife” tips.  All are welcome , there will be activities suitable for all ages, including a Give and Take stall – where you can get rid of things you don’t need and pick up things you do for free! There will be music from Les Zoings and Redbridge Music Lounge, candle rolling and beetle boxes, a talk on herbal first aid and children’s activities.

How to get here: Forest Farm Peace Garden is at the end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL – just a 5 minute walk from Hainault station on the Central Line. Free Entry- no booking required

For more information, contact info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org or 07913089979

More information about the Give and Take stall: If you can’t make it, from Monday 10th September you can still drop off donations at;

  • Gants Hill United Reformed Church, 39 Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6UH. Mon to Weds, 10am – 4pm. Please call 020 8551 8178 before dropping off items.
  • Ilford Community Centre, Eton Road, Ilford, IG1 2UE.  10am – 6:30pm.



Sunday October 21st, 11am-4pm
Compost Workshop – mud and bugs!

Composting is a miraculous natural process.
Come along to learn about how to start, the bugs, the mix, how to empty, use and share… through short talks and practical tasks.

The course is at Forest Farm Peace Gardens, Hazelbrouck Gardens, IG6 2XL, a 2 min walk from Hainault station.

Hot drinks will be provided, bring a packed lunch.Wear warm ‘outdoor’ clothes.

If possible, please RSVP to info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org….see you then!

We had two workshops on Sunday 2nd September (Intro to Beekeeping) and Sunday 9th September (Organic Soil Fertility Techniques). Find out more here.



Sunday 22 April: Companion planting
An important aspect of permaculture gardening is companion planting, or interplanting, in which different crops are planted alongside each other in a mutually beneficial way. Understanding companion planting strengthens the resilience, nutritional intake and productivity of your crops. We planted  examples of orchard companion “guilds” in our newly planted orchard to demonstrate and practice companion planting in a forest garden.



Sunday 25 March: Walking under Medicinal Trees
Medicines made from the bark, blossom and leaves of beautiful native trees have been used for hundreds of years to treat heart disease, high blood pressure, circulatory problems and allergies to name just a few. At this workshop we will be looking at identification of a number of important British medicinal trees, what part and when we harvest and what we herbalists use them for. The workshop will be taught by Forest Farm Peace Garden’s resident Medical Herbalist, Deborah Syrett, BSc (Hons), MCPP.



Sunday 11 March: Tree Planting Open Day

Sunday 11 March 2012, 11am – 4pm Join us for this year’s first Open Day, where we will be celebrating trees and how they make our cities more healthy, beautiful and sustainable. Forest Farm Peace Garden welcomes you to our community garden to discover how we are bringing people together to enjoy nature, conserve the environment and grow local organic food.

  • Tree planting throughout the day
  • Delicious food and herbal tea
  • Gardening for wildlife activities
  • Buy organically grown seedlings for your garden
  • Facepainting and other children’s activities
For more information email info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org or call 07587 244 459
Sunday 26th February, 10.30am – 4pm: Winter Pruning workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden
Learn the skills for winter pruning of trees to keep your trees healthy and effectively manage their growth.

Sunday 29 January, 10.30am – 4pm: Hedgelaying workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden
Learn the theory and practice of laying hedges to create natural and effective borders which protect and support wildlife.



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