Edible Garden Design


Small food forest system


 This fun introductory  2 day weekend course will be held at 2 locations in North Devon,  Beacon Down Retreat and Wishtree Agroforestry and Permaculture Centre.

 What will the course cover?

You will to have the opportunity to learn innovative techniques and ideas on how to create a low cost, low maintenance, productive edible system.  Whether you have a small or large area to grow in, you will be shown how to design and implement your ideas to suite to yours and your family’s needs. There will be an opportunity to discover a variety of common and unusual species of edible plants and a chance to try them for yourself!

The first day will cover the theoretical side of design including zoning and sectors and using the principles of a natural forest system. Discover what a polyculture is and how to create a guild.

Day two will be an opportunity to see examples of how these systems work in practice with a visit to Wishtree Agroforestry and Permaculture Centre.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to grow their own food or learn different techniques and is open to beginners or experienced gardeners or growers. 

Edible flowers, rose petals, herb robert and aquilegia make a salad look beautiful

Do  I need to have a garden?

Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden or space to grow in. Come along for some inspiration and learn about our design for our community garden project. We’ll even show you how to do some guerilla gardening and make some seedballs!  There will be a selection of reading material to whet your taste buds and an opportunity to buy them at a reduced cost.


July 1st and 2nd

course fee: £135.00

light refreshments and lunch are included in the course fee.

Edible abundance


For our courses to run a minimum of four people are required to book on the course. We offer a 10% discount if you bring a friend. There is also a group discount option available.

Location: Beacon Down Retreat, West/North Devon

For course bookings and content please contact Wenderlynn on 07516477470. For course accommodation please contact our Sheran on 01409 231304. Accommodation places are limited.

If you are traveling by bus please contact Wenderlynn or Sheran and we will arrange to collect you. We encourage the use of car share and will arrange sharing contact details with course participants in order to reduce travel and environmental costs.