Over the next few weeks I’m going to write some miny-articles about my favourite bits of the Permaculture Design Coruse.

This week I’m looking at Trees and Woodlands.

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Native, broadleaf woodlands provide a lot of inspiration to permaculture designers.

They are a very good example of a system which is “truly sustainable”. With a bit of sun and rain, a woodland can provide all it’s own needs and produce a surplus for re-investment. Seeds can start off a whole new woodland and the soil is improved through all the rotting leaves and timber.

Woodlands are also great at fitting a lot of different species into a small amount of space. They do this by working in different layers; The canopy, under storey,  shrub, herbaceous, and mycorrhizal layers all add up to a very complex, high density habitat.

These layers directly inspire forest gardens which are very complex, high density food producing habitats.  A forest garden uses the same layers as a broadleaf woodland, but swaps all the trees and plants around to species which provide more food for us.

Every year the course visits Graham Bell’s forest garden which was planted nearly 20 years ago.

It is amazingly productive and requires minimum work – perfect permaculture in action.

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