Findhorn Food Forest (aka the Edible Woodland Garden) (ScotLAND Learner)
A young, small food forest project intended to explore what it takes to grow food for a community.
Visiting: The garden is open to the public and you can simply drop by anytime you want during daylight hours and wander around. There are three information boards that give you the basics of permaculture and forest gardens. - make sure you look on the back of them.
The Findhorn Food Forest is a demonstration project that aspires to become a forest!
It's a small fledgling site 20 m x 30 m on the edge of the Park Ecovillage Community near Findhorn and part of the much larger Findhorn Hinterland Trust woodland conservation project.
The food forest project began in 2013 with the clearing of the land and the laying out of the terraces. Then we paused for a bit while we looked for funding to carry out the design and the implementation.
We were fortunate to be granted funds from the Big Lottery which made it possible to carry out the design and implementation of phase 1. We planted the understory and shrub layer in 2015 and installed a grey-water, rain-water watering system. We are working on the ground cover and herbaceous layers.
In August-September 2018 we a plan to build an outdoor classroom big enough to accommodate 10 people. The classroom will include an earthen rocket stove with two hobs and hot water boiler. The point of having this space is so people can harvest the food in the garden and cook it on site. It also provides some shelter from the ever-changing weather in Scotland. The classroom will be built with wood from the surrounding woodland.
At some point, we will provide a comprehensive plant list for you. And part of next steps is to put the names of the plants on them so when you come to the garden you can learn what's there.
At this time we welcome visitors to come and self-learn. We can offer pre-arranged tours if you get in touch by email. We aren't set up to offer accommodation, however, you can book a room in a local B and B.
The garden is used as a classroom in a PDC and other courses run through the Findhorn College. Local children and adults participate in caring for it and we have monthly work parties on the last Saturday of each month.
If visiting The Park anyway, the Hinterland is publicly accessible by foot.