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Robert A de J Hart (1 April 1913 — 7 March 2000) was the pioneer of forest gardening in the UK.

Robert A de J Hart began his forest garden project at Wenlock Edge in Shropshire on the Welsh borders in the early 1960s with the intention of providing a healthy and therapeutic environment for himself and his brother Lacon, who was born with severe learning disabilities.Although starting as a relatively conventional smallholder, Robert A de J Hart soon discovered that maintaining large annual vegetable beds, rearing livestock and taking care of an orchard were tasks beyond his strength. However, he also observed that a small bed of perennial vegetables and herbs he had planted was looking after itself with little or no intervention. Furthermore, these plants provided interesting and unusual additions to the diet, and seemed to promote health and vigour in both body and mind.

Noting the maxim of Hippocrates to “make food your medicine and medicine your food”, Robert adopted a vegan, 90% raw food diet. He also began to examine the interactions and relationships that take place between plants in natural systems, particularly in woodland, the climax eco-system of a cool temperate region such as the British Isles. This led him to evolve the concept of the ‘Forest Garden’: Based on the observation that the natural forest can be divided into distinct layers or ‘storeys’, he developed an existing small orchard of apples and pears into an edible landscape consisting of seven dimensions;

  1. A ‘canopy’ layer consisting of the original mature fruit trees.
  2. A ‘low-tree’ layer of smaller nut and fruit trees on dwarfing root stocks.
  3. A ‘shrub layer’ of fruit bushes such as currants and berries.
  4. A ‘herbaceous layer’ of perennial vegetables and herbs.
  5. A ‘ground cover’ layer of edible plants that spread horizontally.
  6. A ‘rhizosphere’ or ‘underground’ dimension of plants grown for their roots and tubers.
  7. A vertical ‘layer’ of vines and climbers.
Hart's vision of the spread of the forest garden is summarised in the following quote;

Obviously, few of us are in a position to restore the forests.. But tens of millions of us have gardens, or access to open spaces such as industrial wastelands, where trees can be planted. and if full advantage can be taken of the potentialities that are available even in heavily built up areas, new ‘city forests’ can arise...

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Total Books: 39
THUGLIT Issue 22
2016 - Thuglit Issue 22 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781530290918
ISBN-10: 1530290910
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Hart's Original Petpourri - Vol 1 Miscellany
2010 - Hart's Original Petpourri - Vol 1 Miscellany (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781934938621
ISBN-10: 1934938629
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These from the Land of Sinim Essays On the Chinese Question
2010 - These From the Land of Sinim Essays on the Chinese Question (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142978914
ISBN-10: 1142978915
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'These from the Land of Sinim'
2009 - 'these From the Land of Sinim' (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781103195961
ISBN-10: 1103195964
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Rebecca's Secrets
2009 - Rebecca's Secrets (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409255932
ISBN-10: 140925593X
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Citizen/slave Understanding the American Sovereign Spirit
2005 - Citizen/slave Understanding the American Sovereign Spirit (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780805998788
ISBN-10: 0805998780
Genre: Nonfiction
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Nevada Real Estate Fundamentals
2004 - Nevada Real Estate Fundamentals (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780793194247
ISBN-10: 0793194245
Genres: Business & Money, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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Simple Offices Saints and Seasons
2001 - Simple Offices Saints and Seasons (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780902834217
ISBN-10: 0902834215
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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Forest Gardening Cultivating an Edible Landscape
1996 - Forest Gardening Cultivating an Edible Landscape (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780930031848
ISBN-10: 0930031849
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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Forest Gardening
1996 - Forest Gardening (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781900322027
ISBN-10: 1900322021
Genre: Science & Math
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Entering China's Service Robert Hart's Journals 1854-1863
1987 - Entering China's Service Robert Hart's Journals 1854-1863 [Harvard East Asian Monographs] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674257351
ISBN-10: 0674257359
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel
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The I G in Peking  Letters of Robert Hart Chinese Maritime Customs 1868-1907
1976 - The I G in Peking Letters of Robert Hart Chinese Maritime Customs 1868-1907 [Belknap Press] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674443204
ISBN-10: 0674443209
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Quoi De Neuf
Quoi De Neuf (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780321410320
ISBN-10: 0321410327
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Linux Ppp Howto
Linux Ppp Howto [Linux] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780595136667
ISBN-10: 0595136664
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Forest Farming Towards a Solution to Problems of World Hunger and Conservation
Real Estate Fundamentals 6th 0793188830  Hogan School of Real Estate
Real Estate Fundamentals 6th 0793188830 Hogan School of Real Estate [2003] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780793188833
ISBN-10: 0793188830
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A Number of Things Baldy Russell Estey City and the Ozanne Stage  History Ranching  Mining on the U S Army White Sands Missile Range
Archives of China's Imperial Maritime Customs v 2 Confidential Correspondence Between Robert Hart and James Duncan