Holt Wood course brochure 2019

Welcome to Holt Wood Herbs News, our newsletter round-up on Holt Wood and the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. If you want to receive this newsletter in future as an email post then you can sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of our  website www.holtwoodherbs.com

Holt Wood course dates in May and Jun 2019

Holt Wood course dates for 2019 are now published – they include designing with medicinal trees, making herbal preparations, historical herbs – early bird bookings can get £5 off per place (with a coupon code entered at the checkout). We have a smart printed course brochure available in pdf or hard copy so do get in touch if you know some people or places to send it to.

Medicinal Forest Garden Trust


New tree information. We have been gradually adding medicinal tree information sheets to the Holt Wood website, and now have Cramp bark, Ginkgo, Hawthorn, Prickly ash, Witch hazel, and just added Elder. This wonderful native small tree can fit just about anywhere, in sun or part shade and produces flowers and fruits which can be used in many ways, especially good in easing colds and flu. Donations. Also on the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust page we have introduced an opportunity to donate £10 to the Trust in return for printed versions of the tree information sheets.

New Etsy postings for Holt Wood Herbs shop

We thought we would try some of our artisan body care products on the Etsy online shop. TIP: if you ‘favourite’ our Etsy shop then you can get a coupon for 10% off orders, such as our Witch Hazel and Rosemary Deodorant

Buckfast Abbey

We had a gorgeous day out at Buckfast Abbey in early June 2018 – lots of brilliant stalls (including ours!) were there for the Millenium Fete, from organic vegetable plants to fabulous talks (including one by Anne on herbal medicines in the garden). Worth a visit, there is free entry to the Abbey gardens including a superb lavender garden, and they do guided tours which can be booked.

Radio 4 programme on Willow

At Holt Wood in May, Anne was interviewed about Willow for the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories programme. The radio programme aired later in July. Most of the programme is about cultural perceptions of Willow, from witchcraft and wands to Victorian melancholy, but there is a little on the medicinal uses about half way through, when Anne can be heard! You can listen to the Willow programme on the BBC iPlayer.

The ‘Stobi’, our new bark stripping tool

We designed a kind of knife ‘bark scraper and it works really well, you can read more about this in our blog.

Meet the ‘Stobi’, our custom bark stripping tool

Future Events at Holt Wood

Saturday 10 November 2018 is our next working day, a chance to get involved in caring for Holt Wood, come and help clear paths and rides, or just help make tea. Must be booked in advance, email us at info@holtwoodherbs.com. For dates of open days and courses see our Holt Wood calendar of events.

And finally, have a view of our video from our Harvesting Course in 2018

We had a great time with our course visitors in 2018 and are looking forward to seeing more people in 2019. Kay has put together a short video from the Harvesting Course in June 2018. You can view it on YouTube