Welcome to Holt Wood Herbs News, our occasional newsletter round-up on Holt Wood and the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. We hope to see you soon at Holt Wood, best wishes, Anne and Kay. PS If you want to receive this newsletter as an email post then you can sign up at the bottom of the website www.holtwoodherbs.com

Toby Buckland Garden Festival

Visit Powderham Castle near Exeter where this event will be held Fri 27 and Sat 28 April 2018, from 10 to 5 both days. An extraordinary number of plantaholic exhibitors will be there including Holt Wood Herbs (if not in the Castle we will be in the Artisan Marquee on the Lower Lawn). We will be selling products in aid of the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust, and have prizes for winners of our Medicinal Tree Bark Quiz! Advance tickets are £10 online at http://tobygardenfest.co.uk/powderham-castle/

Medicinal Forest Garden Planting

Trillum erectum in flower

Trillum erectum in flower

This year we have opened up an area near the pond as a ‘small medicinal forest garden area’ with the aim of showcasing some interesting plant species.  We will be putting up labels for visitors, trying out some labels painted on slate, others on wood, as we have had feedback that people like to know the names of plants (not surprising really!). This has been a great excuse to spend money with serious herb growers at Bareroot Botanicals in Sligo, Ireland (http://www.barerootbotanicals.ie). They have sent some fabulous plants along including beautiful Bethroot (Trillium erectum).

Holt Wood Courses

We have offered two day courses this year: Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden and Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden. Only a couple of spaces are still available on the second course. If you missed the chance to book then do get in touch as we will hold a waiting list in case of late cancellations, and can look at running additional events if there is demand.

Medicinal Forest Garden Trust

The Trust was glad to help support herbalists attending the Oxford Real Farming Conference earlier this year, where we were involved in organising a session on developing UK herb cultivation. A further meeting is planned in May 2018 with organic growers and advisers to discuss quality standards and possible projects. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust in promoting education and research related to medicinal trees and shrubs then do consider a donation of £10, and we will send our current set of medicinal tree information sheets, see

Medicinal Forest Garden Trust

Plant of the month

Common dog violet

Common dog violet

So many plants are just beginning to get going, but the one that caught our eye everywhere in Holt Wood this month is the Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana), edible in salads and a traditional reputation for curing skin diseases.




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Future events

Sat 2nd June 2018. Free entry to the Millennium Garden Fayre at Buckfast Abbey. Holt Wood Herbs will be attending this Fayre at Buckfast Abbey on 1st June 2018 with over 120 garden-related stalls. More details at https://www.buckfast.org.uk/garden-fayre

Sat 21 July 2018. Open afternoon at Holt Wood. We will be hosting an open afternoon (2–4 pm) on 21 July 2018. Do get in touch at info@holtwoodherbs.com if you plan to come along!