This is a journal that combines information about forest gardens and environmental/land art. The former is a method of organic gardening that creates biodiversity, while the latter uses natural materials and landscape to inspire creative activity.  Together both forest gardening and environmental/land art are ways of engaging with nature. Both offer opportunities for furthering relationships with ecology, while offering a place to express personal and collective identities.

A forest garden is composed from a variety of edible plants and tree ingredients that also collectively act as a nature habitat. Forest gardens can be used in both small and large scale planting schemes which create compact woodland type habitats composed of layers of edible trees and beneficial plants. They enhance biodiversity, by growing a community of trees and plants together as an ecological composition.

The forest garden is self-perpetuating, and once established requires only periodic applications of organic mulch and yearly pruning to maintain both soil fertility and its overall structure. Growing a diverse range of trees, herbs and vegetables offers a natural resistances to pests and diseases. Forest gardens can also inspire biodiversity designs within  vegetable kitchen gardens, so that vegetables and herbs are grown together as a meadow of dense growth, rather than an arrangement of squares consisting of rows with the same vegetable types.

In addition to offering information about forest gardens, this journal will also include examples of land art which offer unique expressions of engaging with nature. Land artists work directly with the landscape and natural materials to portray relationships between nature and culture. Working with nature as a creative canvas can offer children, families and individuals a means of celebrating their relationship with the natural world, bringing them directly ‘in touch’ with nature as an expressive medium.