There will be over 500 trees across the native woodland and forest garden areas, comprising up to 30 different species, including well known native trees and many fruit trees. Designing the tree canopy is an important part of creating the forest garden, as trees provide shelter, wind-protection and establish a root system that can improve soil conditions, making it easier to grow other plant species.
Much of the forest garden will be designed around fruit-tree 'guilds', where attractive fruit trees will provide a focal point for a group of plant species that perform different functions and create a low maintenance 'mini-ecosystem.
We are grateful to the Woodland Trust who have provided over 400 trees which include hazel, crab apple and dog rose. We will plant a large number of Italian Alder which will form the high canopy of the forest garden.