Category Archives: Relationship with nature

applying the principles of forest gardening to a natural woodland

Four years ago next month my partner and I were fortunate enough to be able to buy a small (3 acre) woodland in Shropshire.  It is a beautiful mixed wood which at that time comprised mainly mature oak and birch, … Continue reading

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homage to all plants

This is extract from my book ‘the garden of equal delights‘ speaks of our dysfunctional relationship with our world and the damage we habitually wreak upon it. “Eventually my understanding progressed towards a deeper appreciation of the complex abilities of … Continue reading

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the botanical mind – looking deeper within

For anyone who likes to ‘root around’ and ponder some of the deeper questions today’s episode of Sarah Wilson’s podcast Roots and All The Botanical Mind is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between humans and the natural world, through … Continue reading

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sensitive co-creativity

Nature invigorates, sustains, rejuvenates the forest garden, the forest gardener is there to see and to experience and then to react in as sensitive a way as they can.  My partner and I don’t (unfortunately) live here in Wales all … Continue reading

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141,900 reasons to praise dandelions!

Dandelions are composite flowers -every yellow strand that looks like a petal is actually an individual flower – and there are 300 atop each flower stalk. Before lunch today I counted the fully open dandelions in the garden and at … Continue reading

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nature writes the story

Planting a forest garden is in part a statement of intent and also in part a question.  The intent is to facilitate and support the development and growth of a healthy edible ecosystem.  The question is ‘what will happen next’? … Continue reading

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wild flowers and more wild flowers

Jake Rayson of Forest Garden Wales has recently posted a wonderful online video on the subject of wild flowers, accessible here on his Backyard Forest Youtube channel.   Wild flowers provide shelter, habitat and food for all manner of wildlife and … Continue reading

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polyculture learning part 2

Yesterday I published a post about ‘polyculture learning’; this is a follow up with some lovely examples of other forest gardeners who each have their own individual styles and ways of learning.  These examples are from people or online communities … Continue reading

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polyculture learning

Recently I have published number of posts on topics such as ‘polyculture eyes’, trust, and welcoming the wild.  However that is not to say that forest gardening is all or only about allowing nature to have a free for all … Continue reading

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where is the wild?

The unchallenged perception we have all grown up with is to see nature on one ‘side’ and people on the other ‘side’; meaning that the ‘natural world’ is that remnant which is not under the jurisdiction or control of people.  … Continue reading

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