Plan a Backyard Forest mini-course

How to map out your own wildlife-friendly food forest
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How to create a forest garden plan and map


  • Have an interest in gardening and wildlife


Using forest garden techniques, transform your backyard into a lush food forest, working with nature to grow edible crops whilst creating a wildlife haven.

Forest gardening is a sustainable, resilient and low-maintenance way of gardening. It emulates a woodland edge by using layers of perennial plants, with a permanent living ground cover.

We will cover:

  1. Backyard Forest definition

  2. Reasons to plan

  3. Free PDF plan checklist

  4. How to create a map

  5. Bonus design tips

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner/intermediate gardeners who are interested in creating their own wildlife friendly food forest

Course content

1 section7 lectures1h 1m total length
  • Introduction & definition
  • Reasons to plan
  • Create a plan checklist
  • How to create a garden map
  • Bonus design guide
  • Walkthrough: Create a CAD map
  • Walkthrough: Create a paper map from satellite photo


Forest gardener & forest garden designer
Jake Rayson
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 122 Reviews
  • 1,887 Students
  • 2 Courses

Jake moved to a farmhouse in West Wales UK in 2015 to pursue his vocation as a forest gardener. In a time of climate emergency, he passionately believes that a productive garden can be sustainable, wildlife-friendly *and* ornamental. He divides his time between forest garden design and teaching, the relentless planting of 3 acres of hillside and his relentless young family.