Introduction to Agroforestry

Sat Oct 22 2022 at 09:00 am to Sun Oct 23 2022 at 05:00 pm

Grow Wilder | Bristol

Avon Wildlife Trust
Publisher/HostAvon Wildlife Trust
Introduction to Agroforestry
Learn how to design and plan your own agroforestry system on this two day course with expert Marina O'Connell
About this Event

How do you transform your land into a regenerative system with the help of trees? Learn from an expert who has achieved it already! Welcome Marina O'Connell, a biodynamic farmer and permaculture designer whose teachings can help you improve gardens, small scale land and allotments, as well as plan your own agroforestry system on a large scale .

On this two day course, Marina will teach you everything you need to know about how to start plotting and designing your own agroforestry system. Along the journey, she will impart wisdom and practical knowledge as well as sharing her extensive skills and experiences. Expect an engaging mix of group work and classroom based exercises as well as practical activities taking place outdoors, in the beautiful forest garden at Grow Wilder.

What is Agroforestry?

The name ‘Agroforestry’ was created in 1977 to describe the deliberate use of incorporating trees into farming practice. "Agroforestry is a land management approach with multiple benefits. Planting trees, shrubs and hedges on farms can give farmers healthier soil and higher yields – not to mention creating vital homes for wildlife". Agroforestry has undergone a renewal and uptake for modern sustainable farming methods over the last 30-40 years.

Learning outcomes:

This 2-day course will equip you with an overview on;

• Types of Agroforestry systems and what they look like

• Planning and designing of forest gardens and food forest systems

• Design of Agroforestry systems, including tree choices

• Implementation of Agroforestry systems

• Manage agroforestry systems

• Benefits and Challenges of Agroforestry

About your tutor, Marina O’Connell :

Marina is a horticulturalist, permaculture designer, tutor, and biodynamic farmer. She has over 30-years worth of experience in training and growing in sustainable food systems including designing and implementing agroforestry systems on 3 farms. The Guardian wrote an article in June 2022 exploring Marina's innovative regenerative farm work which you can read here. Marina is also an author of book "Designing Regenerative Food Systems and Why We Need Them".


Photo: The Apricot Centre (c)

Quotation: The Soil Association,


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Grow Wilder, 181 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, United Kingdom


GBP 5.00 to GBP 120.00

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