Medicinal Tree Bonanza!

Anne Stobart is a consultant medical herbalist based in Crediton who has always wanted to grow more of the plants used in her practice. One of her aims is to show that many herbs do not have to be imported from other countries as they can be grown in the UK. Holt Wood Herbs is the resulting project exploring ways to sustainably cultivate and harvest medicinal trees and shrubs; started by Anne and her partner some 15 years ago. This year they are offering courses to pass on some of their experience in designing with and using medicinal trees and shrubs. They have found that using a tree coppice approach can produce a bonanza of medicinal supplies!

Holt Wood is near Great Torrington in Devon. The project shows how a redundant conifer plantation can be transformed into a forest garden using permaculture design principles. It was established in 2005, with planting of over 1000 trees in sections designed to provide many edges as well as opportunities to coppice trees and shrubs. In addition to foods and fuel, a wide range of plants are grown and harvested for use in herbal remedies and body care products. The use of coppicing and pollarding is beneficial in other ways, as it offers advantages from prolonging the life of trees to enabling a diversity of ground level vegetation and wildlife.

 Holt Wood Herbs are offering courses in design and harvest in the medicinal forest garden in May and June 2019. Each course is based on a small group so that detailed practical advice is possible, cost including refreshments is £68.

'Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden' day course

Thur 23 May (full) or Fri 14 June 2019

Discover the uses of medicinal trees and shrubs and how you can grow them in small or large gardens. 

'Harvesting from a Medicinal Forest Garden' day course

Thur 30 May (nearly full) or Sat 15 June 2019

Learn about harvesting and preparing herbal remedies from medicinal trees and shrubs.

 Full details and online booking are here, or call us on 01363 777531

 See also this link to Permaculture Magazine about coppicing.