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)

The next tours will be in spring 2021. Dates for these will be set early in 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 unless we cancel a tour).

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. [2020 note: campsites have opened on 4th July]

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 (with a self-guided element) 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. 

 2020 Dates:

Saturday 5 September 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Tuesday 15 September 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Saturday 26 September 2.00pm and 4.00pm

** 2020 tours are currently fully booked **

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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.

2020 dates:

Sunday 6 September 10.00am
Wednesday 16 September 10.00am
Sunday 27 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 10 October 2.00pm

** 2020 tours are currently fully booked **

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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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