Exploring a Forest Food Garden (X5700E)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module explores the campus ‘Forest Food Garden’.

The practice of harvesting food, medicine and other practical needs from a woodland ecosystem is re-gaining attention as a response to climate change and loss of biodiversity. In this module, global issues are related to local lives, and abstract theories to concrete practices, which can include you preparing/planting the garden, preserving harvested foods, or communications about the forest food garden across the university and beyond.

The module also examines how forest food gardens sit within wider food systems, including interconnections with economic, environmental, health, political and social factors. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking, drawing on the expertise that you will bring from your degree courses, and an exploration of the value of an inter-dependency within and between human communities and with other species.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.