The area is behind the sour cherry tree so gets some shade and is close to the kids climbing frame so gets some foot traffic. I decided to expand the shrub layer and also add an extra tree. Inspired by Martin Crawford's garden at the Agroforestry Research Trust, I chose a small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata) to go in the middle. These trees have edible leaves and at ART the tree is pollarded to keep the size manageable. I will probably do something similar, although it will be a while before it needs cutting.
For the shrub layer I planted an Aronia berry (chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa), a jostaberry (Ribes x culverwellii), a whitecurrant (Blanka) and three raspberries (Glen Moy Rubus idaeus). I plan to let the raspberries spread across the area as they grow.
In between the plants I have left some of the composed Leylandii as a rough mulch. I plan to carry on planting in between with ground covers later in the year. Whilst I was planting I also dug up one of the sorrel plants in the garden and split it. It was hard work splitting the roots as they were pretty tangled, but eventually I got two good sized pieces and a third smaller one. Hopefully they will all survive.