Designing Edible Spaces – Evening Class

26 April 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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Event details

26 April 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Gain skills and knowledge to transform your garden or green space into an edible paradise! Extended to 10 weeks. More time for learning & student design work.

Duration: 8 weeks, Tuesday evenings: 6:30-9pm
Dates: 17th January to 14th March. Half-term 14th Feb.
Location: Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Rd, Bristol, BS16 1HB
Booking is essential (deposit or full payment)
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Skills and knowledge to transform your garden or green space into an edible paradise;

  • Would you like to be eating more organic- and superfoods but find them too pricey?
  • Want your garden to be productive and low maintenance?
  • Have a yard or small area of space outside your door where you would like to grow food and make it look nice?
  • Are you a teacher or a parent at a local school? Want to grow food there but think it will be too much work?
  • Want to see your park better used and promote healthy eating in your community?
  • Love making jams and chutneys with berries and fruit, but don’t have the space?

This course will give you the design skills and knowledge to transform your garden or green space into an abundant, edible landscape, that’s full of food, friendly to wildlife, looks good and needs little maintenance.Edible gardens and landscapes are productive and fruitful, low maintenance, beautiful, functional and ecological green spaces that can be created in almost any urban or peri urban setting.

Learn what the possibilities are. How to get more out of your space by using vertical growing and training your plants for optimum production in a small space. Learn to identify microclimates and make the most of them as well as how to create new microclimates to increase productivity. Get food from shade.

Suitable Locations/Types of Site?

Private/Residential: gardens, yards, roof terraces, balconies

Open-Access Green Space: public parks, verges, car parks
Restricted-Access Green Space: schools, housing complexes, halls of residents, hospitals

Topics/Solutions Covered on this Course

Food Production
• Edible Gardens, Forest Gardens & Edible Landscapes
• Edible Mushroom Growing
• Edible Hedges
• Fruit trees/bushes – varieties
• Home Orchards & Community Orchards
• Vegetable Gardens, Raised Beds, Container Gardens, Covered Growing
• Vertical growing

Water Systems
• Ponds & Greywater
• Self-watering containers/sub-irrigated planters
• Rainwater & Irrigation

Animal Systems
• Backyard Chickens & Ducks• Freerange and Rotational Systems
• Beneficial Insect Plantings

Soils & Fertility
• Composting Systems & Wormeries
• Natural Fertilising & Feeding
• Mulching & Weed Management
• Biochar
• Ecological Lawncare

Concepts Covered on this Course
• Designing
• Creating & augmenting micro climates
• Permaculture principles
• Vertical growing
• Mapping & surveying
• The Soil Food Web
• Composting
• Mulching
• Pruning

What you take away from the course
• Printed, full colour, 32-page A4 course handbook
• Digital A4 colour handouts on: soils, mushrooms, backyard chickens etc
• Digital presentations
• Digital resources and links

Who is this course for?
• Homeowners
• Allotment holders
• Gardeners
• Community Groups
• Building Managers
• Landscape & Maintenance Gardeners
• School teachers
• Schools workers


'This was a very well constructed training event from an expert in the field – thanks to Niels.' - Miranda Clarke

'Really enjoyed the day and meeting some great people! Niels was top, I thought his humour relating to the subject and opinions was brill. Thanks!' - Tom Dorsett

Booking & Payments

£ 90 - 165, booking is essential.
For more information and to book a place, please contact

About the tutorNiels Corfield is a designer, educator and consultant creating sustainable/regenerative landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe. He is someone with a diverse skill-set who can tie together disparate projects into a coherent whole that uses cutting edge- and best practice systems throughout.

He is passionate about tree-based, ecological systems that are low maintenance and productive.
He has extensive experience with designing, establishing and managing diverse agroforestry systems, forest gardens and ecological orchards.
He is a skilled orchardist, propagator and nurseryman.

Since 2007 he has been teaching certified Permaculture Design Courses, as well as a range of specialist training and education, from design through to practical skills. He has created a suite of professional education resources to carry-out multi-stakeholder/participatory design workshops (Designing for Real).

He is the director of Edible Cities, a successful urban design consultancy, education and nursery business. Creating productive and ecological low maintenance edible landscapes since 2008. He counts amonst his clients: the Ecology Building Society and various councils and is currently working on a 500 home development in inner city Leeds.

He runs a commercial nursery and is proficient in propagating productive, named-variety: trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants. He also delivers specialist courses for designing tree nursery and plant production systems.

He designs and installs rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems for growers in the UK.

He has been supporting and consulting on small-medium UK farms since 2012. Implementing, designing and consulting on rotational grazing systems, agroforestry plantings and water systems, as well as whole site design. He also offers a specialist mapping service to growers and farmers to facilitate design-making and planning on-site.

Currently he is coordinating a research trial of organic no-till cover crops across a number of sites in the UK. Establishing an empiric case for soil organic matter generation in these systems.

He has been trained by Darren Doherty (RegenAg Design), Kirk Gadzia (Holistic Management), Starhawk and Penny Livingstone-Stark (Permaculture Design). 

Venue location

Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB

Event information

Wednesday 26th April 2017
6:30pm - 9:00pm
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Avon Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB
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