On a hill near a wood, where nobody goes... up a track through a gate, the food forest grows...

About the Garden

Situated on the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills in the Chew Valley, Somerset, Rob Handy's one-hectare forest garden is an oasis of biodiversity and abundance.

This edible forest garden, sometimes called agroforestry, is a multi-storey, very low maintenance, self-sustaining eco-system. It’s not gardening in a forest. It’s gardening LIKE a forest. It mimics the natural ecosystem, providing enough food for ten people all year round whilst simultaneously creating an abundance of food and habitat for a plethora of wildlife whilst restoring the environment and sequestering carbon!  


Rob currently has about three hundred edibles growing but is aiming for nearer six hundred within a couple of years.

If you’d like to know a little more about it please click on the social media links at the top of the page.

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Tour the Garden

Click below to be taken to the Airbnb Experiences site where you can book yourself or your party onto a tour.

This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with a young but diverse food forest. It's only possible to book up to two months in advance. So if you're looking to book further ahead then keep an eye on the calendar as more dates will appear every month. The garden is at its most colourful from May until October, but every season brings its own interests and charms.


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