The BBC Visits a Stunning Permaculture Forest Garden

Video screen capture. PermacultureMagazine

Lloyd surprised us the other day by noting that major media outlets are getting interested in car-free cities. But that's not the only object of TreeHugger's obsession that seems to be going mainstream.

Because Permaculture Magazine reports that the BBC has just done a show about forest gardening—the practice of creating edible landscapes that mimic the natural, self-sustaining functions that we might see in a woodland. The segment was filmed as part of as part of gardening guru Monty Don's "Big Dreams Small Spaces" series, and shows just how beautiful a mature forest garden can be. Featuring wildflowers and mint as ground cover, climbing blackberries and other shade-tolerant fruit as the middle storey, and apple and fig trees as a canopy layer, Maddy and Tim Harland's garden is a lovely example of permaculture in practice. It's nice to see it reaching a broader audience.

From this segment on permaculture gardening to a documentary exploring agriculture after oil, this actually isn't the first time that "Auntie" (yup, that's what we Brits call the Beeb) has shown an interest in forest gardening and permaculture.

Still, there's always room for more gardening shows that explore our backyards as productive, sustainable spaces. When will US media catch on?