Resources for sustainability and biodiversity
Forest gardens are designed to bring together many species of plants that grow at a number of levels in a sustainable way. Much like a forest, these plants integrate well by using different locations from the ground upwards, and can often benefit each other in promoting soil fertility and deterring pests. A surprisingly productive source of foods and useful plants, most forest gardens include some that are medicinal. We will be adding information to this website about medicinal trees and shrubs…
Agroforestry is practised in many different ways, and integrates trees into growing. The Agroforestry Research Trust provides a rich source of information about useful trees as well as seeds and plants.
Permaculture is all about design – whether it be for gardens, smallholdings or other spaces. The common-sense principles of permaculture involve careful assessment of resources available and planning for a sustainable and integrated system. The Permaculture Association is a good starting point for details of training courses and the network of Learning and Network Demonstration (LAND) Centres permaculture sites.
Sustainable projects and biodiversity, growers and producers
In this section we want to highlight projects and other developments which may be helpful in promoting sustainability and biodiversity in relation to medicinal trees and shrubs. Get in touch if you know of items which could be added!
Off-Grid Herbal Medicine
At Elder Farm a medical herbalist and family have started an off-grid smallholding with the Ecological Land Co-op.
Handmade Herbal Collective
The Handmade Herbal Collective is dedicated to showcasing handmade and natural herbal skincare products from all areas of the UK. There is a focus on small local businesses and caring for the environment, and the partners of the collective share ethical principles of using the best quality sustainable ingredients and packaging while not compromising on safety. More details…
Holt Wood Medicinal Trees and Shrubs
At Holt Wood, we are developing ways to cultivate and harvest medicinal trees and shrubs. More details…
Wild Medicine and Food
US Medicinal Plant Sanctuary
Medicinal Forest Gardens and Permaculture
Listen to Anne talking with Daniel Tyrkiel about permaculture and herbal medicine. She tells how Holt Wood was transformed from a conifer plantation to a diverse forest garden where medicinal trees and shrubs can be sustainably cultivated and harvested. It is around 45 minutes and you can listen here…
Medicinal Trees and Research
Trees are good for you! Research about the benefits of trees and woodland. A recent research article suggests a relationship between tree health and human health. Salmond et al. (2016) argue that ‘street trees can be an important tool for urban planners and designers in developing resilient and resourceful cities in an era of climatic change’. More details…
Herbal Medicine Education
The Betonica herbal apprenticeship programme is a new combination of traditional knowledge and modern science lating 3 to 7 years for someone who wants to fully train as a medical herbalist. Based in South West England, the programme inolves taught and practical sessions and experience gained through community clinics. More details…