Welcome to Kingston Edible Forest aka Kingston Permaculture Reserve, an edible temperate rain forest or forest garden: trees, shrubs and plants creating a productive and sustainable ecosystem. We aim for each plant to have one or more uses within the scheme: food, fibre, soil improvement, winter food for small birds who remove pests in spring, timber and so on. Flowers can be both decorative and edible.
In the process we create an oasis for people and wildlife. A retreat into nature.
We host a tree nursery to propagate apple trees for junior schools and native trees for local wildlife areas or streets.
In parts of the world people have planted and maintained food forests, some of which are more than 2000 years old. They are sustainable forms of agriculture which improve or regenerate soils and store carbon. Kingston Permaculture Reserve, the oldest permaculture (permanent – agriculture) project in England, seeks to be an example for our temperate climate.
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We are a voluntary community project open to all, part of the Royal Borough of Kingston’s green space, and have propagated 21 heritage variety apple trees which have been donated to junior schools in the borough.
We are located within Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth, behind Knollmead Primary School at KT5 9QP.
We’re generally on site the last Sunday of the month, but also at other times. See our facebook group “Kingston Permaculture Reserve”.
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See our Facebook group “Kingston Permaculture Reserve” for when we’re there and join us. Do join the Facebook group.
Post code location: KT5 9QP
To find us, go into the Tolworth allotments’ site via the gate to the left of the school, and to the left of the community centre, keep turning right, follow the track along to behind Knollmead Primary School, through a small gate and into an area of mature trees.
The K1 bus from New Malden or Kingston stops on Barnsbury Way. From Tolworth station, walk via the alleyway connecting Donald Woods Gardens with Knollmead.
Children and dogs are welcome. Wear gardening clothes, and stout footwear. The ground is uneven, has tripping hazards, and can be muddy after wet weather. Bring food and drink. There is drinking water and a compost loo on site.
You may also contact us via our Facebook Group: “Kingston Permaculture Reserve”.