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The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely 'woodland gardening'. We aim to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity.

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Edible Perennials** New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future [Paperback]

Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain. The challenge is productivity: how can yields of useful foods and other useful materials be maximised? The latest book from Plants For A Future is a resource for discovering some of the answers.

Edible Perennials provides detailed information, attractively presented, on 50 selected perennial plants, based on practical experience and observation, plus a wide range of reputable sources. All these plants yield edible produce: roots, tubers, seeds, oils, fruits, stems, flowers, or leaves, and many have other useful properties, which are also described. For each entry the descriptive text is augmented by summary information panels covering various attributes such as natural habitat, cultivation needs, nutritional value of edible parts, and potential uses within woodland garden designs. More


Edible Plants BookEdible Plants: An inspirational guide to choosing and growing unusual edible plants [Paperback]

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. However, there are hundreds of less well-known edible plants from all around the world that are both delicious and nutritious. It is our belief that plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet’s health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna. This book describes and provides advice on growing some of the lesser known and unusual edible plants, with an emphasis on perennials. Information includes: Alternative Fruits and Root Crops, Edible Leaves, Edible Flowers, Winter Salads, Staple Seed Crops and Useful Weeds. More


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Plantes comestibles (Edible Plants) FRENCH TRANSLATION OF Edible Plants [Paperback]

Plantes Comestibles: Le guide pour vous inspirer a choisir et cultiver des plantes comestibles hors du commun

Il existe plus de 20 000 espèces de plantes comestibles dans le monde et pourtant, 90% de notre régime alimentaire ne se compose que d'une vingtaine. Pourtant, des centaines de plantes comestibles moins connues, venant du monde entier sont à la fois délicieuses et très nutritives.

Nous sommes convaincus que les plantes peuvent répondre à la majorité de nos besoins, tout en respectant la santé de notre planète. Un large éventail de plantes peuvent être cultivées pour satisfaire tous nos besoins alimentaires et bien d'autres encore, tout en offrant une grande
diversité d'habitats pour la faune et la flore.

Cet ouvrage vous fera découvrir comment cultiver et utiliser quelques-unes de ces plantes moins connues, en particulier les plantes vivaces. More


Woodland/Forest Gardening Plants BookWoodland Gardening: Designing a low-maintenance, sustainable edible woodland garden with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables [Paperback]

In a woodland garden everything grows together in a way that is very similar to a natural woodland but with the trees and shrubs all bearing edible crops, and with many different edible herbs and vegetables growing under them. Instead of battling against nature, this is a garden that works in harmony with it.

It is possible to plan out a woodland garden in a space as small as a backyard or as large as a few acres, using the guidelines that nature has shown us, but using species that can provide us with fruits, seeds, leaves, roots and flowers that are delicious and highly nutritious.  More


Edible Trees/Edible Plants BookEdible Trees: 50 Top Trees From Plants For A Future [Paperback]

A detailed look at 50 of our top trees including their edible and medicinal properties, physical characteristics, cultivation and propagation.






Plants For A Future: Edible & Useful Plants For A Healthier World (Ken Ferns Original Book)

The way we currently produce our food is damaging both to ourselves and our planet. There is therefore a need to create gardens, woodlands and farms which are in harmony with nature. Natural ecosystems are good models, but many of the plants they contain are not necessarily edible. What we need is to discover and grow a wide variety of easily grown perennial and self-seeding annuals which provide delicious and healthy food, or are useful in other ways.
Describing plants such as these, both native to Britain and Europe and from temperate areas around the world, this book includes those suitable for: the ornamental garden, the edible lawn, shade, ponds, walls, hedges, agroforestry and conservation.

In this thoroughly useful book, Ken Fern shares his experiments and successes in growing herbs, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees. Packed with information, personal anecdote and detailed appendices and indexes, this pioneering book takes gardening, conservation and ecology into a new dimension...




The Leaflets

The Leaflet Collection. All 57 Plants For A Future leaflets in one convenient PDF eBook with 291 pages. For a small donation to Plants For A Future to help support and expand our activities you can now download the entire leaflet collection to view offline...more

£12 GBP (approx $20 USD). You can donate using Paypal or a credit card in any currency...more







The Penpol Report on CD Rom

The CD is no longer available. If you are interested in the report please email us at [email protected]







The Database Internet Download


We offer several methods of downloading the database.  Download now! Includes 400 photos. To download the database you first need to make a payment through PayPal once the payment has been made you will be taken to the download page where all different versions will be available. The Plant Species Database Internet Download has the same information as the CD ROM. ...more

The five database versions of the Species Database are:

  • Standalone version. Runs on Windows PCs (not tested on Windows 7). Uses a run time version of Access which is included.
  • A Microsoft Access 2.0 version. Runs on all windows PC's, but requires you have a copy of Microsoft Access 2. Does not currently run under Windows Vista, Windows 7 untested. Allows you to create your own queries.
  • A Microsoft Access 7 version. Runs on all Windows PC's, but requires you have a copy of Microsoft Access 7. Allows you to create your own queries.
  • A Microsoft Access 2000 version. Runs on all Windows PC's, but requires you have a copy of Microsoft Access 2000. Allows you to create your own queries.
  • Ascii text version. Just the data as plain ascii text. You should be able to import this into most database packages. Includes scripts for easy importation into MySQL.



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