Here is our latest round-up of news about Holt Wood and the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust.

Toby Buckland Garden Festival

What a load of lovely plant-lovers!! We took the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust banner and set up our stall at Powderham Castle in Devon with a medicinal plant quiz, and some lucky winners took away a body care gift pack. Consolation prizes included samples of our Juniper Insect Repellent Balm and Witch Hazel Moisturiser. We also sold art cards, Ginkgo and Witch Hazel trees and body care products in aid of the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. It was wonderful to hear how interested people were in UK-grown medicinal trees and shrubs, many commenting that it is a great idea.

New Medicinal Tree Information Sheet Online

Cramp bark in flower

Another information sheet has been added, this time it is for Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus), a very attractive small tree with antispasmodic bark. Easily grown in most soils, and especially happy with moisture and dappled shade.

Medicinal trees

Handmade Herbal Collective

We have joined the Handmade Herbal Collective which is a great partnership of a number of smallscale herbal producers. Prompted by this development, Kay has been incredibly creative on the computer and we are really pleased with our new body care product labels. We will be joining Collective partners with a stall at the London-based exhibition Love Natiral Love Organic on 7-9 July 2017 at Olympia. If you are in London then, do come and visit – some free tickets are available online here.

Holt Wood Herbs new postcard

Woohoo!! Anne’s latest book highly recommended!!

Although exceptionally busy at Holt Wood now that everything is growing like mad, we spotted a brilliant review of Anne’s latest book Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England which has been issued by CHOICE, from the American Library Association. You can see what they say in the blurb about the book on the Bloomsbury Academic website.

Holt Wood Working Day

Bluebells and ramsons in Holt Wood 6 May 2017

Holt Wood is looking fantastic now, but there is always something new to see whatever the season. We have regular open afternoons and wood working days to enable people to get involved with Holt Wood. Come and join us for a whole day and immerse yourself in Holt Wood, our medicinal forest garden. Free, but book in advance as places are limited.

Holt Wood Working Day

South West Permaculture gathering

Holt Wood is part of the Permaculture Association network of LAND projects, and we used permaculture design principles when planning it. There will be a significant South West gathering for people involved in permaculture and this event will be held 9-11 June 2017 near Exeter. We hope to be speaking about our experience with developing Holt Wood as a sustainable medicinal woodland. Details and tickets are available online.

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