It was very impressive and we took a lot of suggestion home with us. A great view of a nature-loving lifestyle, highly recommended!
Rob has made a tremendous effort over the years to create a forest garden from the ground up with the help of a single book and stores of patience. He knows his garden inside out, shares his experience earnestly - success and failures - and gave us a glimpse at his peculiar way of living. Our (young) kids were very interested in the geese and ducklings, less in plants, but that won’t be blamed on the attraction! When we visited a lot of berries and plants were not yet ripe so I guess there may be even better times to visit. A good visit overall, and we loved the flowered garlic so much we could have eaten a season’s worth in an afternoon. Thanks Rob.
Booked as 'something a little different' for my wife's birthday weekend away... We both loved meeting Rob and getting a tour of this magical corner of the Mendip Hills... Rob is an excellent communicator and explains complex subjects in a fun and engaging way... The idea that not everything has to be processed and come out of a packet is refreshing and super positive in todays world. My wife is inspired and has already started planning a forest garden area for our next home. :-)
I had a wonderful, magical, inspiring, informative , practical and uplifting visit to Rob's Discovery forest garden. He was very punctual and efficient hosting my visit and very clear, helpful and thoughtful in delivering his excellent experience and knowledge about his Forest Garden. He gave me many tips for starting my own project and was very open to questions and helpful in answering all that I asked. For those interested in AgroForest Gardening and permaculture, I would definitely recommend this experience and visit. It was just what I was looking for. Thank you!
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.
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.
Such a wonderful, informative experience. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in gardening, nature, permaculture, sustainability, ecosystems, looking after animals or the connection between us and nature. Rob was a brilliant tour guide with a vast knowledge on a lot of subjects, he answered all my questions and I went home with a real sense of wanting to put what I had learnt into practice. All of this for a small price, set in a beautiful location. Brilliant
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.
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!
This was a remarkable experience because it echoed and responded to a range of issues such as sustainability, ecological balance and biodiversity that are becoming increasingly important to all of us. What made the presentation so compelling and memorable was that, completely unexpectedly, we had met a man who, starting from a level of knowledge and understanding that sounded as though they were not much greater than our own, had addressed and found his way through these issues. Rob is a well-informed (and, happily, not academic) guide who is passionate about the subject of forest gardens. We had an absorbing and fascinating two hours with him and left feeling uplifted and inspired. I thoroughly recommend this experience which may just change the way you look and life.
I have just spent 2+ hours immersed in Rob’s knowledge and passion for his amazing forest garden. Curious to see plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world, which yield their flavours and scents. And bees. And geese. And ducks. And to see how Rob lives a unique lifestyle off his land. Now have serious land envy. A wonderful experience.
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