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)

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.

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.

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. 

Coronavirus note: We are keeping the situation under review about cancelling tours and will follow Government rules and guidelines. If you have booked, we will let you know if a tour is cancelled. It may be that we will only be able to run tours with a smaller number of people to maintain social distancing. Obviously if you are unwell with any of the well-publicised symptoms then please do not come. The April and May and early June tours have been cancelled.

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. [Cononavirus note: there will also be a self-guided element]. Please note there is a pond which is not toddler-proof. April, May and 13 June tours have been cancelled.

 2020 Dates:

Saturday 27 June 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Saturday 4 July 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Saturday 18 July 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Saturday 25 July 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Saturday 8 August 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Friday 21 August 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Saturday 5 September 2.00pm and 3.30pm

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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]

The May tour is cancelled.

Takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

2020 dates:

Sunday 5 July 10.00am
Sunday 19 July 10.00am
Sunday 26 July 10.00am
Sunday 9 August 10.00am
Saturday 22 August 10.00am
Sunday 6 September 10.00am

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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.]

2020 dates:

Saturday 20 June 2.00pm
Saturday 10 October 2.00pm

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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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