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Introduction to Forest Gardening

  • Plants in a pond at CATPlants in a pond at CAT

    Aberystwyth University Life Long Learning programme: Certificate of Field Ecology/Conservation. Please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT.

  • Forest Garden here at CATForest Garden here at CAT

    Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th June 2015.
    Course starts at 10am.
    Course fees are £35, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682
    Full board accommodation at CAT £70.

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A forest garden is primarily a food-producing habitat, based on the model of a natural woodland. Comprised of several layers which are usually composed of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs, it can be tailored to fit any garden. With informed design, a forest garden will be low maintenance and highly productive for many years to come.

The course will cover:

• Crops and other uses of forest gardens
• Design and selection of plants
• The basics of plant establishment and maintenance
• An inspirational site visit to a local forest garden.
No prior knowledge of the subject is needed, although some further gardening and fruit growing knowledge may be necessary to practice forest gardening after the course.

Dr Angie Polkey is a permaculture and conservation adviser and teacher, who has been practising forest gardening in various forms since 1996.

More information on Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning

The University of Aberystwyth School of Education and Lifelong Learning aims to offer a range of accredited (intensive) courses at CAT to enable students to gain a Higher Education Certificate in Field Ecology.

The Certificates would take a minimum of two to three years to complete. Gaining the Certificate would enable you to become a competent field ecologist, able to plan and undertake field survey work and identify key species. These are useful skills that are in high demand for many environmental and conservation jobs.

The core courses of this Certificate cover general ecology, the diversity of plants and animals and plant identification.
There are also many key and optional courses to choose from involving the identification, habitat and general ecology of a range of groups: invertebrates, mammals, bats, mosses, lichens, grasses, flowering plants, birds, pond life and many more.

Individual courses can be built up in to the Certificate of Field Ecology.

If you are interested in working towards this Certificate, more information, help or advice is available from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Aberystwyth University, telephone Paula Hughes 01970 62 2682 (mornings only) .

You do not need a scientific background to succeed.

For more information on taking this course as part of a field certificate through Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning Click here
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Course fees and how to book your place

Course fees are £35, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT.

Full board accommodation at CAT costs £70.

Please book accommodation by emailing courses@cat.org.uk or by phone on 01654 704 952.

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