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 25 adults. 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. You don’t need to pay when you book – please pay on the day. Each tour is £10.00 per adult (£7 reduced rate).

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. Obviously if you are unwell with any of the well-publicised symptoms then please do not come. The 7th April and 19th April tours have been cancelled.

Forest Garden at Dartington

This tour takes us around the 25-year old 2-acre forest garden at Dartington and takes about 2 hours. Please note there is a pond which is not toddler-proof.

2020 Dates:

Saturday 23 May 2.00pm (TOUR FULL)
Monday 25 May 10.00am (+see Littlehempston site 24 May)
Saturday 13 June 2.00pm
Saturday 27 June 2.00pm
Saturday 18 July 2.00pm (TOUR FULL)
Saturday 8 August 2.00pm (+see Littlehempston site tour 9 August)
Friday 21 August 2.00pm

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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 sotrage started in 2019/20), our forest garden greenhouse (started 2016) with a subtropical forest garden being established inside, experimental coppice plantings, and the nursery.

Takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

2020 dates:

Sunday 24 May 10.00am (+ see Dartington tour 25 May)
Sunday 19 July 10.00am (+ see Dartington tour 18 July)
Sunday 9 August 10.00am (+ see Dartington tour 8 August)

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.

2020 dates:

Saturday 20 June 2.00pm


** 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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