Festival of Permaculture Programme
Originally trained as a pianist and with degrees in music, education and biological anthropology Susan Young’s career has spanned many years teaching in schools and universities. Retirement from academic life allowed her to devote more time to gardening, and growing vegetables. She has lived for the last 20 years on two acres in the Wye Valley, on the English-Welsh border, part of which she gardens and the rest maintains as a wild flower meadow. But it was the pandemic and lockdown, a time to reassess and reconnect, that prompted her to write a book based on a passion for searching out and growing beans. Susan will be showcasing the huge range of beans she has been growing in her garden in the Wye Valley, introducing unusual varieties and sharing top tips for a successful bean crop.
As a professional gardener Pippa has designed, planted and managed permaculture gardens and forest gardens in West Yorkshire. Having trained with the RHS and spent time as Head Gardener of a large estate, Pippa is now self employed and garden’s exclusively organically, to create beautiful spaces to enable wildlife to thrive alongside people. Pippa is focusing on engaging with a wider audience to demonstrate how you can grow a small scale forest garden that is beautiful as well as productive.
Forest Gardening in small spaces
A look at using a step by step permaculture design process to design forest gardens in small spaces to be both productive and beautiful. Pippa will be launching her new book ‘The Plant Lovers Backyard Forest Garden’ during the festival!
Robert J Somerville
Author of ‘The Seed Detective. Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables’- to be released September 2022