Hi Everyone, here is our Autumn round-up of news about Holt Wood and the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. Do pass on information, and let people know that they can sign up for our occasional newsletters on our website. Best wishes to all, Anne and Kay

Treefest in Devon

We will be demonstrating how to make a healing balm at RHS Rosemoor Gardens for a Festival of Trees from 10-3 Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October 2017. Come and visit our stall for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust with some trees for sale and bodycare products from Holt Wood Herbs, proceeds for the Trust. This will be a fun event with woodcrafts, tree planting, tree selection advice, willow wand making and more, travel details. Entry is free for RHS members, usual garden entrance if not a member.

Tree information sheet online

Hawthorn berries

Another information sheet has been added to the website for Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). This small tree makes  a great addition to any garden, with attractive flowers and fruit, and is shown by research to be rich in constituents beneficial for the circulation. Indeed, it is important to seek advice if you are on medication for blood pressure or other circulatory condition, before taking Hawthorn extracts. There are herbal medicine practitioner register links in the page About us on our website.

Landscape and Therapeutic Gardens Network

In September 2017, Anne spoke at the conference on ‘The therapeutic value of landscapes and gardens: evidence-based design and beyond’, held at the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol. She gave a talk entitled Extending the healthy landscape: exploring the medicinal forest garden’ in which she described current herbal medicine and worldwide issues with supplies, explaining permaculture design principles in setting up Holt Wood, and the benefits of a range of trees that can be incorporated into garden designs. Other speakers at the conference gave inspiring talks, such as work in developing gardens in spinal injury centres.

Blue Patch ethical, sustainable and fair trade products

Blue Patch marketplace

Blue Patch offer an online directory of the finest things in the sustainable marketplace in the UK, and we are delighted to be included in

their listing for Distilled Witch Hazel and other products.


We aim to add more information soon, including courses, and details of gifts for the upcoming festive season.

Gifts from Tree Aid and you can helptrees and families in Africa

Christmas is coming and what better way to celebrate than to give friends and family gifts which help trees and families in Africa. The gift catalogue for Tree Aid is now available, and just £10 will buy a terrific tree, such as Moringa, Shea, Tamarind and others with many uses.

More gifts from Holt Wood Herbs

We have a Witch Hazel Gift Box available from Holt Wood Herbs, comprising a bottle of Witch Hazel distilled water (50 ml) and Witch Hazel moisturiser (30 ml). Our floral distilled water is extracted from the leafy twigs of Virginian Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), grown and hand-harvested in Devon. Witch Hazel distilled water has many applications and can be used as a skin toner, or a first aid remedy for skin inflammation. Our Witch Hazel moisturising cream with added essential oils includes a glycerol extract of Witch Hazel, and is especially designed for dry or mature skin. These two items are packed with a free cotton muslin skin wipe in a biodegradeable box with shredded paper. This purchase at £19.60 helps to fund the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. We have smaller gift packs also available of other items in the range.

Witch Hazel Gift Box

Medicinal Forest Garden Trust Course Dates for 2018

Some dates for one-day courses are already in the diary for 2018.

Designing a Medicinal Forest Garden £65 Thursday 24 May 2018

Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden £65 Thursday 7 June 2018

Other dates for our Open Visits and Wood Working Days are also listed at our Events page.

Next Holt Wood Working Day

Saturday 4 November 2017, 10-4 pm

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, our email is below.

Holt Wood Herbs News

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