Led by The Rewild Project, this project aims to teach people the skills to design, implement and manage an organic, perennial, edible food system in their back garden, field or community space using traditional methods and heritage trees.
From garden design looking at aspect, practicalities and aesthetics; to planting, mulching and tree care - choosing heritage variety trees for preserving and interest.
By engaging local people, this project inspired them to grow their own food, use organic natural methods rather than using chemicals, and create growing spaces that build soil fertility and create more bio diversity meaning improved and more resilient eco systems. It is hoped that people's health and well-being has been improved by promoting being outdoors and eating healthier food.
During the Foresters' Forest programme, The Rewild Project have provided courses for people to roll up their sleeves, connect with nature and learn about these heritage growing skills. The Rewild Project team also attended local events where they led sessions such as 'Foraging' to share these Edible Forest skills.
Many people have old neglected orchards in the Forest (which was once famous for its orchards) and lack the skills or confidence to know what to do with them. Teaching skills and working on community growing spaces can bring people together to give them a chance to meet new people and feel valued, improving confidence and creating more inspiration to tackle these challenging problems.
The Rewild Project plan to continue holding a series of workshops each year. Check out their Workshop Dates on their website.