International Forest Garden / Food Forest Symposium

Dartington England June 2-4 2020

We are a carbon-negative organisation – we store more carbon on our land sites than we produce


The symposium starts with registration between 8.30-9.30am on 2nd June 2020, so you will probably need to have traveled the day before (June 1st) or earlier, and will likely need accommodation from 1st June (or earlier). The last symposium event ends at 4.00pm on 4th June (though there will be tea and chat after).

The symposium programme is currently being designed, involving a mixture of main talks, field trips, lightning presentations, workshops and panel discussions. There will also be space for impromptu discussion and breakout groups.

Main speakers
There will several main speakers each morning presenting around a forest gardening theme.

Presentation boards
There will be boards available for participants to display presentations about their project or research. There will be a timetabled opportunity for you to be by your presentation and answer questions about it to others. The area available is 1m2 per person and materials will be available to attach sheets (photos, graphs, etc). Boards must be booked in advance – please indicate on the registration form if you would like board space. 

Lightning presentations
As well as main speakers each day, there will be opportunities for 10-minute ‘lightning’ presentations (with a maximum of 20 slides/photos) by delegates who would like to offer a short description of their project or research to the group. Please indicate on your registration form if you’d be interested in this and we’ll be in touch with you about it. Sorry but we can’t offer any payment for this.

We aim to schedule workshops on topics of major interest. Instead of a formal presentation, in these a facilitator will host a discussion around a topic and if appropriate come up with conclusions/recommendations which will then be reported back to the whole symposium group.

Field trips
There will be field trips on the afternoons of Day 1 and Day 2 to two of the ART sites. On Day 1 the trip will be to the 0.85ha (2.1 acre) forest garden started in 1994, which is a 10-15 minute walk from Dartington Hall, on the Dartington Estate. On Day 2 the trip will be to the 4.5ha (11 acre) site obtained in 2012 where there are three young forest gardens (one subtropical in a glasshouse) and other plantings, as well as a small commercial plant nursery. This site is a 15 minute journey by coach. At both sites, there are some gentle slopes and grass paths with may be slippery when wet.

We are aiming to film all the talks and make them available after the symposium on our website. Filming will focus on the speaker but other participants may appear on film from time to time.

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