The Woodland Horticulture Course at deer Wood
Summary and Ethos of These Courses
The horticultural work being done at Deer Wood goes far beyond the cultivation of native trees and woodland plants; our systems are successful and proven, with great feedback from clients and the industry.
We work, horticulturally speaking, from our observations of symbiosis and multi-species collaborations in the woodland. Like the mycelium network that underpins all healthy woodland ecologies. This is cutting edge in this industry and borrows from age-old traditions as well as new ones.
What is Woodland Horticulture?
This system is the ultimate sustainable form of growing native trees and plants for the industry, particularly valid for Temperate Rainforest re-establishment.
Our work is deeply informed by the woodland, individual plant needs, the elements and the landscape as well as societal/psychological needs.
What are the benefits for both People and Planet?
We aim to teach to a wide range of people from many backgrounds on how to work within this unique system of holistic and organic native tree and plant care. In so doing we aim to effect the implementation of new, richly biodiverse woodland biomes beyond this pilot project already up and running at Deer Wood, especially community tree nursery groups and similar eco-groups.
What we are doing goes beyond ordinary tree planting schemes, it is a whole new level of woodland and hedgerow planting understanding.
Increasing Green Career Opportunities
To equip students in their ongoing careers or voluntary roles with the detailed knowledge and practical skills required to be able to provide a range of high level services in this unique area of practical conservation. Such as consultancy, practical and managerial nursery and tree planting roles, conservation organisations, land owners- farmers, forestry, and estates, the volunteer sector, community tree nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.
Mental Well-Being Aspects of this Work
From September 2025 we will also be including the integration of the mental, emotional and knock on physical benefits of this holistic approach. How it can have significant benefits to all those immediately involved as well as those who are just visiting such holistic work places.
A specific module within the woodland horticulture course will be created to explore how to better understand this fascinating phenomena in order to harness all the psychological benefits of this aspect of conservation work.
Course leaders - In-house teachers Marc Biddle & Lizzie Francolini.
THE DEER WOOD TRUST C.I.C.
Company No: 14810543