Recommended reading, containing invaluable information to help understand the true value and benefits of Forest gardening in it’s broadest sense.


The One Straw Revolution

If this was just a factual book about how to grow “natural” food, it would be more than worthwhile to pick up and read. The book is about a man called Masanobu Fukuoka who had questions in life that needed answering and decided to break away from convention to find them.

Although the monetary value of this book is only a few pounds sterling, the information within it is priceless as it is first a look into a lifetime’s work on the practical application of knowledge gained in growing food. He combines this with the Masanobu Fukuoka philosophy of life which developed like his techniques of food cultivation as the years unfolded. Together they make a thoughtful read.

This is about a man turning his back on his paymaster, a scientific institution, and being left to seek a new way forward; an educated man who felt he would find the answers he was looking for in mountains where he worked, rather than in city institutions.

Simon Miles


The Medicinal Forest Garden Hand Book

Growing, Harvesting and using healing Trees and Shrubs in a temperate climate.

By Anne Stobart

Published by Permanent Publications.

Featuring the Forest Garden at Falmouth on page 4.

A really useful publication on the medicinal side of Forest Gardening featuring a number of plant species and their medicinal properties. Plus some useful information on how to preserve certain herbs for out of season application.

The author has applied her long career in teaching herbal medicine into a useful practical guide on the subject.

Losing Eden

Why our minds need the wild

By Lucy Jones

Published by Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books.

A considered way forward in helping our mental health in these testing times making antidepressant tablets a questionable solution to our mental well being. Engaging information about the aerosols released from the earth after rainfall, leaving me thinking perhaps there is more to Kenneth Williams words than we thought when he delivered the catchphrase: “The answer lies in the soil”.

Lucy Jones talks of solutions to challenges on her own personal life’s journey and how nature played its part in healing her as well as the observations of others studying the impact of nature on the well being of mankind. This is a cutting edge approach and compliments some of the observations and theories that I have considered here at the Forest Garden, plus references to a wealth of well researched and documented material.


From Dirt to Soil

The answer lies in the soil

By Gabe Brown

There is a farming revolution going on in the USA and Gabe Brown is in the thick of it. His initial four years of crop failure in Farming forced him to rethink how best to go forward in his farming practices.   In doing so he has learned how to work with nature, rejuvenate the soil on his ranch and let go of most of the synthetic chemical and fertilizer applications he once so heavily relied on. In his book “From Dirt to Soil” he shares his journey and some of those eureka moments that made him re-evaluate how he turned a financially failing business into a profitable farming enterprise while building his soil quality as he did it.

A well written, entertaining book, and it could appear from the circumstances he found himself in that he was chosen amongst many, by divine intervention, to be a leader in the Regenerative Farming journey which is now impacting people all over the globe.

A very useful education on soil biology!