Understanding Forest Gardens (X5700E)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This elective explores the ‘Forest Food Garden’, the practice of harvesting food, medicine and other practical needs from a woodland ecosystem. Although widespread in parts of the world, it is re-gaining attention in the global North as a response to climate change and loss of biodiversity. You will learn about its heritage, underlying ecological theory and its social implications. Visits and interviews with local forest gardeners, Roots students, an eco-nutritionist and a hemp bale building expert will inform ideas for the forest garden and a building that will serve it - to be developed with costed designs in module 2.


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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.