Research Site Tours

The Agroforestry Research Trust hosts visitors on a tour of our each of our three sites, led by Martin Crawford. Numbers are limited to allow for social distancing. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised.

If you want to book for a group of 10 or more then it may be better to book an individual group tour – please email us at mail (at) agroforestry.co.uk.

Initital dates for 2021 have been set (see below) – more will be added. They are obviously subject to the Covid situation. Currently, Further Education training (which these tours are) is to be allowed from 8 March 2021.

It is essential that you pre-book the tours below as most tours get filled up before the day. Each tour is £10.00 per adult payable when you book (non refundable; should we have to cancel due to covid, you will be able to re-schedule to a future date).

Each tour is of a single site only – there isn’t time to visit more in a couple of hours. Please make sure you have booked a tour of the right site! Some tours (of 2 different sites) have been placed on adjacent days in case you are travelling a long way here and can take advantage of staying locally. Current covid lockdowns in the UK may be lifted partially on 12 April (for self-contained accomodation) or in May (for other accomodation).

You will get emailed directions immediately when you book using the forms below (check your Spam folder if you don’t see it). No dogs please. 

 

Forest Garden at Dartington

This 1.5 hour tour takes us around the 25-year old 2-acre forest garden at Dartington with Martin Crawford. Please note there is a pond which is not toddler-proof. 

 2021 dates:

14 April (+ see Littlehempston tour 15 April)
22 April (+ see Littlehempston tour 22 April)
4 May (+ see Littlehempston tour 5 May)
15 May (+ see Littlehempston tour 16 May)
9 June (+ see Littlehempston tour 10 June)

more dates to be announced.

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Littlehempston site

This is our newest site, obtained in 2011, covering 11 acres. The tour here takes in three new forest gardens (a small garden started in 2012, a medium sized garden in 2013, and forest garden to maximise carbon storage started in 2019/20), our forest garden greenhouse (started 2016) with a subtropical forest garden being established inside, experimental coppice plantings, and the nursery. [Coronavirus note: there is plenty of space over most of this site so social distancing is easy. The greenhouse may be closed though]

Takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

2021 dates:

15 April (+see Dartington tour 14 April)
23 April (+see Dartington tour22 April)
5 May (+see Dartington tour 4 May)
16 May (+see Dartington tour 15 May)
10 June (+see Dartington tour 9 June)

More dates to be announced.

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Trials site

This site, just outside Dartington, has been in use since 1997 and covers 8 acres.

It holds trials including about 5 acres of nut trees, autumn olive, persimmons and some more common tree fruit. The tour takes about 2 hours. [Coronavirus note: there is plenty of space over most of this site so social distancing is easy.]

2021 dates to be announced.

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** We sometimes have cancellations so if you want to go on a reserve list do email us, or keep checking this page for updates tour dates. **

You will receive the instructions on how to arrive to each location via e-email after making a reservation.

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