If you want to create a forest garden at home remember to consider how best to shelter your top and soft fruits. Our Forest Garden is sheltered by fencing, native hedging and of course the garden’s location on site. The hedge is planted within the forest garden perimeter and on the adjacent side of the fence inside the wildlife conservation area. The hedging chosen are to ensure wildlife flourishes for example, crab apple, hazel, rosa rugosa, beech. For example, beech foliage is eaten by moth caterpillars like the barred hook-tip, clay triple-lines and olive crescent caterpillars. The seeds from beeches are eaten by mice, voles, squirrels and birds. Beeches also encourage the growth of native truffle fungi. In our hedge we also considered nitrogen fixing herbaceous plants like Everlasting Sweet Pea (Lathyrus Latifolius), vetches, clover and in the first year annual broad beans. At Lindengate we not only want our forest garden to include some of the stunning trees we nurture in our tree nursery but also to provide lots of edibles. This year we planted herbs, salads, nuts, top fruit trees, espaliers, fruit bushes and vegetables.