International Forest Garden / Food Forest Symposium

From 31 May-4 June 2021
now Open Access

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Dartington Hall

The symposium takes place at Dartington Hall.

Dartington Hall is at the heart of a 1,200-acre medieval estate, with a rich history dating back to the 11th century.

The Hall itself was built in 1400 by a half-brother of King Richard II, and stories of royal visits and court intrigue played out over the next 150 years.

Then for nearly 400 years the Champernowne family owned the Estate, until family downfall left the buildings in ruins.

The modern Dartington Hall has a 90-year history after being purchased by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst. They were inspired in part by the Indian poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore to create a place for thought and creativity which challenges the conventions of rural sustainability and rural life.

Dartington Hall has a variety of accommodation available on site, as well as cafes, a restaurant, a cinema and many other ventures.

Due to its age, there are some issues with access to some of the rooms. If you have specific access requirements please indicate these when you register. Also note that the two field trips planned involve walking on slopes on grass paths which may be slippery if wet, and the second of the field trips involves a short coach journey. If you have mobility-related issues then the field trips may difficult or impossible for you.

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