Apr 21 Forest Garden Shovelstrode – Courses and Camping 2011 By Rich


Yurt camping and woodland craft courses such as green wood working, basketry, hurdle making and bee keeping are all available at a new business enterprise called Forest Garden Shovelstrode, located in the High Weald of Sussex.  The setting is based around 6 acres including an ancient woodland and a vacant paddock that has been recultivated into the early stages of a Forest Garden with a newly created wildlife pond.  Forest Garden Shovelstrode is a place for people to come and learn the principles of Permaculture demonstrated in the Forest Garden and also a range of woodland craft.  A shop will sell products such as honey, eggs, green wooding tools and locally produced crafts.

Charles Hooper and Lisa Aitken have worked on a plan since 2009, searching for ways to live more self sufficiently and sustainably from a small area of land.  Forest Garden Shovelstrode sets out to inspire others in a similar way.  With the help of a European grant,  work began in earnest in September 201o, with renovations made to stables creating a kitchen, farm shop, shower and WC facilities, a new parking area and a new storage barn was erected.  Now with Spring arriving, they plan to welcome visitors for camping from the Easter weekend, Friday 22nd April with courses beginning in June.

2 yurts are available for hire, the first being a traditional Mongolian style with painted wooden poles, the other is a locally produced hand crafted yurt made of coppiced wood.  The yurts are both located in the woodland in a peaceful environment.  The yurts are both fully equipped with a log burning stove and many creature comforts to create a truly wonderful camping experience.  Glamping at its best!

Courses begin in May:-

Saturday 14th May – Intro to Vegetable Gardening

Sunday 22nd May – Intro to Bee Keeping

Saturday 11th June – Basket Willow Weaving

Thursday 16th/Friday 17th June – Green woodworking

Friday 15th July – Hurdle making

Sunday 17th July – Children’s Green woodworking

Friday 22nd July – Flintknapping

Saturday 20th August- Beeswax Products

Further courses take place right up until October.  Full information and details can be found on the website www.forestgarden.info


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