Parkwood Forest Garden

Story by Tim Shortland

Parkwood Forest Garden is a beautiful calm space and a productive permaculture project. It is a young forest garden developed by Sheffield City Council in association with volunteers.

A forest garden is a productive managed woodland that is beneficial to both people in terms of produce and wildlife by way of habitat provision. It can organically grow a wealth of edible and medicinal fruit, nuts, vegetables, herbs and spices. Parkwood forest garden has been designed to need only a small amount of external input.

It requires weeding, mulching and pruning, the compost pile needs managing and spreading and, best of all, there is often a lot of harvesting to be done. Other than digging up weeds, it involves a no-dig approach to gardening. It is, thus, a perfect project in which to engage volunteers.

This month we will be rebuilding the central raised bed and continuing the winter tidy up along with applying woodchip mulch. We will also be undertaking general maintenance tasks focusing on weeding around individual plants and shrubs.

Thank you to everyone who has worked on and visited the forest garden over the past months. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones as we continue to improve the garden.

Events are held on the second Saturday of each month (the next being on April 14). If you would like to call in for a shared lunch at around 1pm, that would be great. Bring your own food and maybe something to share.

The workday will be hosted by Tim Shortland who will be at the entrance of the car park from 10.45am.

For more information contact: Friends of Parkwood Springs – parkwood.springs@gmail.com – Tel: 0114 234 2321

Or Tim Shortland, Community Forestry Manager tim.shortland@sheffield.co.uk

Mobile: 0778 536 2289