Gardens & Edible Ecosystems

Gardens & Edible Ecosystems

We solve problems and provide solutions for homes, farms and community projects by Designing Regenerative Landscapes

Farm or Garden – Big or Small – Increase the yield from your land – Create Food Security & Resilience 

Foodscapes

• Foodscapes are multi-functional landscapes which are visually attractive and also provide edible returns.

• Integrate edible plants into an ornamental landscape 

• Also called Edible Landscaping

• Fruit trees, • Berry bushes, • Edible flowers • Vegetables • Herbs • Ornamentals

The design strategy of foodscaping has many benefits including; increasing food security and promoting sustainable living.

Foodscaping can be used by anyone; individuals, community groups, businesses, or educational institutions.

Wildlife & Ecosystems

• Our urban areas keep expanding.
• Industrial agriculture it’s monocrop systems & excessive use of chemicals has overtaken much of our farmland.
• Both are destroying the Ecosystems that keep our soils healthy.
• Essential not only for for nature, but for our ability to produce food.

There is another way

• We need to modify the way that we manage our human habitats and farmland.
• We need to use regenerative practices to restore soils & Ecosystems.
• Bringing back our natural pest controllers, pollinators & recyclers.

If we do this we can halt the destruction, if we don’t there will be nowhere for any of us to go.

Designs are tailored to each unique site. See

In addition to our full design service we also offer a range of consultancy services – see more

Regenerative Gardens

Many of the techniques used in regenerative agriculture can be applied on a smaller scale to allotments & home gardens.

The same improvements that are seen in agriculture can be achieved in the home garden. Using these pratices enables gardeners to take direct action against climate change, whilst also making their gardens more resilient to its effects.

As in agriculture you can also harness the power of nature to do the hard work in your garden. The resulting benefits include;

  • Minimal digging
  • Minimal weeds & far fewer pests
  • Far less watering with better drainage and moisture retention
  • Eradicate soil compaction & do your *bit* toward storing carbon in the soil
  • Greater biodiversity and resiliance to extremes of climate
  • Eradicate the costs of artificial fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides & fungicides

Agroecology & Regenerative Agriculture

Agroecology & Regenerative Agriculture is farming that works with nature.

  • Ecology being the study of the relationships between plants, animals, people, and their environment – and the balance between these relationships.
  • Agroecology is the joint application of ecological concepts and principals in farming.

Agroecology & Regenerative Agriculture farming practices can:

  • Restore soil health, organic matter, biodiversity & fertility
  • Mitigate climate change – by returning carbon to long-term, stable storage in the soil, recycling resources and prioritising local supply chains.
  • It improves the water cycle by increasing water retention in the soil, which reduces the impact of both floods and droughts.
  • It uses low input methods that reduce costs and increase profits.
  • Work with wildlife – managing the impact of farming on wildlife and harnessing nature to do the hard work for us, such as pollinating crops and controlling pests.
  • Puts farmers and communities in the driving seat. Adapting agricultural techniques to suit the local area – and its specific social, environmental and economic conditions.

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Potager Gardens

A potager is the French word for kitchen garden. It literally means ‘for the soup pot.’ In the French potager, gardeners have intermingled vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs since medieval times. It is comparable to the English cottage garden, except that it is focused on growing edible plants rather than flowers.

The French approach to vegetable gardening involves a philosophy about bringing beauty to a food garden. Making a  much stronger connection between garden and table. Its inspiration is a complicity with nature rather than a desire to impose order, thereby naturally working with Permaculture & Regenerative ethics & principles.

A potager automatically lends itself to

  • Creating diversity, which in turn increases biodiversity and resilience
  • Planting with perennials/using guilds thereby aiding the restoration of soil health
  • Better management of water in the landscape, more retention & better drainage
  • An increase in natural predators, cutting use of artificial pesticides
  • For more information on the Permaculture & Regenerative benefits see the information provided in our Resources section.

Forest Gardens & Agroforestry

A Forest Garden is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.

Regenerative Gardens & Potager Gardens Image Credits Flickr Creative Commons

Learning Tree Permaculture is a member of the Permaculture Association
The Permaculture Association works to radically and positively change the way we live in the UK and actively supports a worldwide movement.

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