When I refer to ‘my garden’ I don’t mean that the garden belongs to me.
Legally, it does belong to me, in terms of ownership charted on a document – or more likely on a database. But this kind of belonging and the association with possessions and then inevitably with control is not what a forest garden is about.
I would prefer to say that I belong to the garden, which brings with it connotations of cleaving to, of relationship, reciprocity and mutuality.
Instead of buying land – maybe we should marry it?
Principle: everything the forest gardener does takes full account of the whole of the forest garden ecosystem – what has happened, what is happening and what they intend for the future.