Experience hosted by Rob

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 7 people

What you'll do

This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with a young but diverse food forest.

The first trees were planted in 2013 so it's far from mature but it's already easy to see many of the symbiotic relationships in action. There are over three hundred edible perennial varieties already growing including forty varieties of fruit & nut trees, dozens of unusual shrubs, berry bushes and medicinal plants, plus seventy kinds of perennial vegetable.

Learn about self-sustaining ecosystems, companion planting and perennial vegetables whilst asking as many questions as you like and tasting some produce along the way.

There'll be a chance to learn more about sustainable bee-keeping with a look at an observation hive for those who wish to.

The tour will be tailored to suit you, depending upon your or your group's existing knowledge or interests. And we can talk about how to apply some forest garden principles to your own plot, if you have one.

Other things to note:
I usually only add availability for about two months in advance. So if you're looking to book further ahead than that then either send me a message to request a date or keep an eye on the calendar, as more dates will appear every month.
I'm open to hosting experiences throughout the winter months, if requested, but the garden is at its best from April to October.
This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with a young but diverse food forest.

The first trees were planted in 2013 so it's far from mature but it's already easy to see many of the symbiotic relationships in action. There are over three hundred edible perennial varieties already growing including forty varieties of fruit & nut trees, dozens of unusual shrubs, berry bushes and medicinal plants, plus seventy kinds of perennial…

Meet your host, Rob

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I became a professional gardener in 2011 and since starting my own forest garden project in 2013 have dedicated myself to learning as much about agroforestry as possible.

I've been giving talks & lectures to the schools and gardening clubs of Somerset on all things permaculture since 2014, with subjects ranging from 'perennial vegetables for the smaller garden' to 'the benefits of balanced bee-keeping'.

I am truly passionate about working with nature, as opposed to against it, which is something that becomes evident to those who come to experience the project.

In 2017 I began running tours around my plot, due to popular demand, as well as creating a YouTube channel: "Rob's Discovery"
In which I document the forest garden project.

And in September 2019 I was fortunate enough to be featured in an episode of the BBC's Gardeners' World.
I became a professional gardener in 2011 and since starting my own forest garden project in 2013 have dedicated myself to learning as much about agroforestry as possible.

I've been giving talks & lectures to the schools and gardening clubs of Somerset on all things permaculture since 2014, with subjects ranging from 'perennial vegetables for the smaller garden' to 'the benefits of balanced bee-keeping'.

I am truly passionate about working with nature, as opposed to against…
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Where you'll be

The 2½ Acre wood, a.k.a Rob's Forest Garden is a one-hectare site situated on the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills, overlooking Chew Valley Lake, in the traditional farming village of East Harptree.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Stephanie
August 2021
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.
Claire
August 2021
Rob was an excellent guide and host. very accommodating, even with our demanding little ones. He was very knowledgeable not only about the plant ect, but also the local history and local historic stories.
Joanne
July 2021
We visited Rob’s garden this afternoon as a party of 4 adults and 2 young children. 2 of the adults didn’t even have their own garden and admitted they had zero interest in anything garden related! Within the 2 hours with Rob we were all completely captivated with everything he had to tell us about how he had created his forest garden from scratch and visions of what it will become. Our children particularly enjoyed feeding the geese and sampling numerous berries. The time flew by and we left very eager to return in the future.
Kevin
June 2021
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. :-)
Tom
June 2021
Fascinating forest garden and local history tour with Rob. Loads to see and learn, will be looking forward to coming back in the future when it's matured even further!
Audrey
May 2021
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.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Camera

Notepad & pen