Implementation overview

The pace of implementation needs to be slow in order to allow for community consultation and commitment building as well as the limits of the forest garden group in terms of time for designing and implementation. The plan also needs to be flexible to respond to community consultations and needs.

summer 2011

  • the observation stage comes first and continues throughout the project
  • current use and ownership of the site and immediate surrounds
  • previous proposals for the site
  • finding out more about Hoathly Hill Community
  • finding out more about forest gardens
  • forming a group willing to begin a forest garden initiative

winter 2011/12

  • inform and consult the community on the forest garden initiative
  • once project is approved, design the boundaries and implement

spring and summer 2012

  • invite the community to participate in designing the forest garden: three sessions of observation and visioning on a monthly basis in conjunction with the fundraising cafes in April, May, July
  • get design support from Brighton Permaculture Trust

autumn 2012

  • in September, in a community meeting, a session to get input from the community on anthroposophical elements, especially educational, biodynamic and spiritual elements for the forest garden
  • in October we will finalise the design in the group and go back to the community in a design session

winter 2012/13

  • planting the tree layer
  • continue observing
  • review the past year and make plans for the coming year as a group

spring 2013

  • start designing and implementing some tree guilds
  • start designing the educational element of the design
  • make funding applications

summer 2013

  • put on events, including festival, performances, celebrations and launch of education projects

autumn 2013

  • begin courses

winter 2013/14

  • review the past year and make plans for the coming year