Forest gardens have been growing for centuries in tropical countries and have become popular in colder climates over the last 30 years. They use and adapt the principles working in natural landscapes to combine trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs and vegetables in a productive garden. You can plant a forest garden almost anywhere – in a small urban garden, on a farm, in a park or community garden.

This course will teach you how to design, plant and maintain a forest garden. We will use the land and people around for a practical example.

You will learn to observe the land around you, ask questions of the people using the site and analyse the gathered information. We will explore how to combine trees, shrubs and perennial plants and how to organise planting, harvesting and maintenance.

In a well managed forest garden you can grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in a small space with relatively little effort. Forest gardens can produce food, medicine, fuel, timber other products. They can be used to regulate local climate and water and build soil over many years. They can be beautiful in formal or wild ways.

Topis that we will cover

  • Forest gardens for homes, neighbourhoods, public spaces, market gardens and farms
  • Designing with and for people
  • Reading and understanding the landscape as a starting point for site design
  • Trees, bushes, herbs and ground cover, climbers, roots, mushrooms and how to choose them
  • Combining beauty and functionality
  • Converting orchards into forest gardens
  • Design for easy maintenance

Fee: 5000 Kč (185 Euro) deposit of 1500 Kč with registration, including organic food and simple accommodation,

Venue: Spolek Hvozd NGO, Merboltice 95, accessible by train and bus. 90 km north of Prague in direction to Dresden


about the teacher:

Tomas Remiarz (UK)

Tomas has 20 years experience in permaculture design, teaching and practice, having worked in the UK and various European countries. He has worked with trees and forest gardens for a long time, from upland reforestation to community orchards and forest gardens. His new book, Forest gardening in Practice, is the first systematic review of temperate forest gardening.

Tomas currently lives on a co-operative smallholding at the England/Wales border (Earthworm Housing Cooperative). He has been to Czech Republic to teach courses on permaculture design, international Permaculture Design Course in 2015 and more can be found about the teacher at Brittish Associacion website: