We planted a Food Forest!

Food for our Futures

During January 2022, we planted a forest of food producing trees at Trevenna.

The field will grow to become a biodiverse forest producing food for human consumption and a habitat for nature to flourish.

Team Trevenna dug holes, planted, staked and guarded over 120 fruiting, nut producing and berry growing trees and woody shrubs into the slopes of North Field at Trevenna.

Team planting in North Field at Trevenna

Young tree, planted, staked and guarded from weeds, rabbits, deer and grazing farm animals!

Trees & Shrubs Planted 

Trees include

  • Apples
  • Cider Apples
  • Plums
  • Apricots
  • Medlars
  • Mulberry
  • Alder
  • Almond
  • Hazel
  • Cob
  • Chestnut

Shrubs include

  • Buckthorn
  • Elaeagnus umbelata

Growing Leader

Craig who looks after the barns, the gardens and herb knot,  arranged the tree planting days bringing Team Trevenna and nature together on a very hilly field!

Every task was carried out by hand including carrying the trees, digging the holes, hammering in the stakes, pegging down the weed control matting and fixing the metal animal guards.

Green fingered!

Forest Design

The design for the Food Forest was created by our friend, Klaudia Van Gool, an expert in Permaculture.

The field will grow to become a biodiverse rich forest producing fruits & nuts for human consumption and a habitat for nature to move back into and flourish.

In accordance with Permaculture principles, the mix of trees and shrubs have been planted along the field contours providing corridors of food growing at different heights, from the forest floor to the tops of trees.

Trees are planted with companion plants to encourage nitrogen fixing (essential for natural growth) and pollination.

For more information about Klaudia and consultancy click here


The trees are planted in North field at Trevenna just below the Arbour Lawn facing north with views to Berry Tor.


Exact locations for each tree were marked using bamboo cuttings from the Farm House Garden. 

A hole was dug at each tree location

Tree being planted & back filled with soil & turf

Each tree is surrounded by hessian matting pegged down with wooden pegs to prevent weed growth

Guards were slid down over each tree to prevent deer & rabbits from nibbling young shoots!

Placing guards over the each tree was a fiddly job!

Every tree is supported by a wooden stake, hammered into the ground

Team working along the contours 

Extra care was taken to avoid breaking young shoots during guarding

A row of planted trees along the contour

Metal guards around each tree to allow farm animal grazing between the trees

A metal guard for every tree

Farmer taking in the change to the land from open field to food forest

Trees will be helped by the underground worm team

Worm in the hand!