Herbal Medicine and the Forest School

Friday 20th June 2014 at Holt Wood, Devon

This was a training day for Forest School educators with aims to answer the questions as follows: Which native trees and plants can be used medicinally? How can young people engage with medicinal and other useful plants in a safe way? What sort of activities are relevant in a Forest School context? Where can further information be obtained about medicinal plants? This day was designed for all involved with Forest School activities and no prior experience or knowledge of herbal medicine was required. Our programme included a welcome, info pack with programme, health and safety, risk assessment, plant identification. The day was organised under the auspices of the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust.

People who attended the day, travelled from as far apart as Cornwall and Somerset, and are working in various contexts from volunteer to teacher, some with primary school aged children, others working with a wider age range. The two leaders of the event were Helen Kearney, MNIMH and Anne Stobart, MNIMH, both medical herbalists.
Feedback from participants was very positive

One participant said ‘This was all new to me but I enjoyed finding out about plant and tree uses, it was like opening secret doors’. Others commented on a good balance of practical and theory, meeting others and sharing ideas good for activities. Everyone took away cuttings and told us that they could use the info in a variety of ways, saying things like ‘All of the practical activities were useful’. We had many requests for more sessions and will be looking at that in the near future.