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. 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 payable when you book (not transferable, and non refundable if you cancel). No dogs please.

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 around a week before the tour. (links to directions are also on this page.)

Forest Garden at Dartington

This 2 hour tour takes us around the 29-year old 2-acre forest garden at Dartington with Martin Crawford. Please note there is a pond which is not toddler-proof. 

 2024 dates:

Sat 13 April 2.00pm
Tues 30 April 2.00pm
Sat 11 May 2.00pm
Sat 25 May 2.00pm
Sat 8 June 2.00pm 
(+see Littlehempston tour 9 June)
Fri 28 June 2.00pm
Sat 6 July 2.00pm (+ see Littlehempston tour 7 July)
Tues 30 July 2.00pm
Mon 12 Aug 2.00pm
Sun 25 Aug 2.00pm (+see Littlehempston tour 26 July)
Thurs 5 Sept 2.00pm 
(+see Littlehempston tour 6 Sept)

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Littlehempston forest gardens and nursery

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. 

Takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

2024 dates:

Sun 9 June 10.00am (+see Dartington tour 8 June)
Sun 7 July 10.00am (+see Dartington tour 6 July)
Mon 26 Aug 10.00am (+ see Dartington tour 25 Aug)
Fri 6 Sept 10.00am 
(+ see Dartington tour 5 Sept)

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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. 

2024 dates:

Fri 26 July 2pm
Sat 12 October 2pm

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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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