The Agroforestry Research Trust is a non-profit making charity, registered in England, which researches into temperate agroforestry and into all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.

A map showing a network of agroforestry consultants is now Here

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Plant ordering will go live again in early July for autumn/winter delivery.

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Forest Gardening /
Food Forests
Design Course

Learn how to design, implement and maintain a temperate forest garden or food forest, with frequent visits into our 19-year-old established forest garden. Early May course FULL - next course 27-29 May 2016

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Trees for Gardens, Orchards and Permaculture

Martin Crawford's new book with a selection of over one hundred of the best productive trees that can be grown in Europe and North America.

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The video below shows a portrait of our Forest Garden, shot in the Spring of 2015.

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Research Site Tours

The Agroforestry Research Trust is inviting interested visitors on a tour of our each of our three sites, led by Martin Crawford. Numbers are limited to 25 adults. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised.


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Pignut (Bunium bulbocastanum) from the micro forest garden in Dartington. This is not the same as Conopodium majus, the UK native, but is a perennial related to cumin and originates from SE Europe through to southern Asia. As well as having edible rounded taproots it is better known and widely used for its edible seed as a cumin-like spice, and for the edible leaves which are an excellent herb.

Other news is that BBC Countryfile were filming in the main forest garden in Dartington last week, as well as filming some other projects on the Dartington Estate. It is due to air at 6pm on 8th May on BBC1, and will be on the iplayer soon after.....
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The forest garden is finally coming to life after a cool few weeks. Hop shoots and fiddleheads of ostrich fern are ready to harvest, along with sweet violet (Viola odorata) - one of may edible Viola species - both leaves and flowers are edible (see pic).

Our early May forest gardening / food forests course is now full.
The next course with places is on 27-29 May - book at
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Dwarf comfrey (Symphytum ibericum) flowering in the micro forest garden. I love this comfrey as it flowers before the others, over a long period, and usually more than once a season - a great bee plant. It spreads slowly with horizontal rooting stems, and is good in sun or shade.

On our forest gardening / food forests course we have a whole session concentrating on perennial plants/crops ... there are still places available on the May 27-29 course.
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