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Woodland Gardening

When comparing a large cultivated field to natural woodland the woodland receives no intervention but produces lush growth and diversity of plants and animals. Yet the cultivated land supports very few species. The quality and depth of soil in a woodland is maintained and improved yearly whilst erosion and loss of soil structure plague the cultivated field.

Forest or Woodland?

For the title of this page we opted for ‘Woodland Gardening’ rather than ‘Forest Gardening’ although the two are interchangeable if you are researching information on this type of edible system. (In Britain woodland is normally considered to be a low-density forest including some open spaces with plenty of sunlight and limited shade that may support an understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants. A forest can be viewed as having a higher density of trees with a largely closed canopy, provide extensive and nearly continuous shade.) A woodland garden can be any size and designed even for a small backyard. Literature on forest gardening also allows for smaller scale systems and is not limited to a closed canopy, as the term ‘forest’ may imply.

  1. Woodland Gardening Plants
  2. The Woodland Edge Garden exploring the productive edge of a woodland and similar habitats
  3. Pioneer Species discusses trees good for establishing a woodland.
  4. The Garden of Love describes a visit to Robert Hart's Forest Garden which inspired the whole PFAF concept. (Nederlands )

 

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