Interesting plants and wildlife presented by a knowledgable and friendly host in a fantastic location. I learnt lots from this experience and would encourage anyone going to the area to check it out!
Super experience visiting Rob's forest garden. We loved his passion for the lifestyle and great way of explaining everything. It was a really special day and Mum absolutely loved it.
Highly recommend visiting Rob for his forest garden experience. Rob's communication was clear on the lead up to the visit, making the meet as easy as possible. The actual tour was superb! Rob is very passionate and has a knack of explaining things in a way that makes sense, he is also extremely knowledgeable through his years of experimentation; so regardless of your prior knowledge you will definitely get a lot out of it.
Rob's knowledge on forest garden is amazing. He is very kind and willing to share his knowledge happily. He generously shared many samples from his garden for us to try planting in our gardens, sensing our avid interest. Also, he continued the tour for longer than the advertised time as we had many questions. We will be definitely coming back with some more of our friends. Thank you Rob for a wonderful time. You give us hope that in this world, one doesn't have to be consumeristic to thrive.
If you are at all tempted by this tour do it. It was so interesting and fun. We saw (and tasted!) so many different things. There are lots of ideas you can apply in your own garden, or that would be interesting even you don’t have a garden. And Rob is a great host, such a nice chap. Highly recommend.
When I heard that there was a real live example of a forest garden here in Britain, I grabbed my family, and ran to see it. And what an experience!
I had heard the term “forest garden” before (magical sounding, isn’t it?), and stumbled across Rob’s videos on YouTube (really helpful!). But nothing prepared me for the complete abundance of both plants and information!!! Even for a seasoned gardener and herbalist such as myself! This really is something that can be done, and beautifully so, on a reasonable sized piece of land (and he is also growing a 20’x20’ garden to show what can be done in the sort of space many of us might have in our own gardens or allotments).
Not only is Rob, himself, a relaxed, enthusiastic, lovely person - making it a joy to experience the garden with him - but he has created / is creating this entire garden from scratch! He is growing the trees, bushes, and plants of all sizes, nourishing and revitalising the soil, and kick-starting the entire micro ecosystem. He has built from reclaimed items, giving examples of how it can all be done - and look fabulous - on virtually no budget at all, in an eco-conscious way.
I took photos and voice notes along the way, as I’d forgotten my notebook in the car, and when I got home and typed out what I wanted to remember, I had a full 12 pages!!! And that was without the photos! He also gave us information about where to learn even more!!
Rob sent us home with cuttings of some of our favourite new plants (which we are excitedly growing now), new ways to use existing plants, and a truly deep excitement for this process. I now very much want to create my own magical forest garden, and hope sincerely that others will, as well. What a gift to have forest gardens everywhere! And how wonderful that we could all be living easily from delicious foods picked right from our own yards.
This isn’t your everyday plant-seeds-each-year type of garden we are used to these days. This is a forest garden, full of perennials that come back year after year, or even remain year round, that nurture each other, as well as us.
I would recommend Rob’s garden tour unreservedly, to anyone with even a passing interest in plants or permaculture. And even to folks who never had an interest in these things, but are open to learning new and interesting things. It made a wonderful trip, and we hope to visit again soon.
PS - We brought our van, with a low undercarriage, and found the roads leading to it just fine to navigate. Our sat nav found it without an issue, and Rob met us in person to bring us to the entrance.
A really wonderful experience. Rob is a great host and the what he has created with his space is fascinating and totally inspiring. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the extra touches from the tea in the yurt, the cuttings we were given and extra insight into bee keeping really made it a very special experience.
It was very impressive and we took a lot of suggestion home with us. A great view of a nature-loving lifestyle, highly recommended!
We had the most wonderful autumnal afternoon exploring Rob's forest garden, he is so enthusiastic and natural, so careful of his environment, generous with his knowledge and fascinating to listen to. We left with pockets full of seeds, tummies happy with delicious samplings of leaves, roots and berries and my friend, whose "special" birthday it was, was given a precious lemon, picked straight from the tree. We couldn't have wished for a more enjoyable experience with a very special person in a very special corner of the mendips. Thank you so much Rob!
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