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Nov 15

How a small British garden became a mature food forest

Video screen capture Permaculture Magazine

Video screen capture Permaculture Magazine

Many years ago I picked up a book called The Permaculture Garden, by Graham Bell. I was more than a little hooked by the practical tips and inspiring visions of urban and suburban gardens turned into food forests.

Since then, I’ve visited/read about/watched videos on more than my fair share of permaculture projects. From Mike Feingold’s awesome permaculture allotment to a 20-year-old forest garden in the mountains, many have been inspiring examples of ecplogical design. This is the first time, however, that I’ve seen Graham Bell’s own garden.

In a video for Permaculture Magazine, Graham talks us through how he and his wife Nancy developed a mature permaculture food forest over the course of 25 years.

It’s a beautiful looking garden, and an impressive feat. Among the key takeaways from the video:

—Permaculture is a long-term play: it takes years to craft a fully functioning edible food forest.

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