Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden Course


A day course at Holt Wood in Devon where you can learn about medicinal trees, shrubs and other plants which can be cultivated in a forest garden.

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This course is no longer available. An alternative course in Medicinal Forest Garden Design is now offered online, consisting of 10 lessons, for £45.00.  Click here for more details 

This course is ideal for you if you want to learn about the potential of introducing a range of medicinal trees and shrubs into your garden or woodland project. This is a one-day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about medicinal trees, shrubs and other herbs which can be cultivated in a forest garden context. No experience is needed. This day will be of interest to designers, gardeners, growers and land managers. You will find out how to design or extend a forest garden with medicinal plants including trees and shrubs. During this day we will cover key native and introduced medicinal trees and shrubs and their identification features and uses. A practical walkabout will provide opportunities to see and identify medicinal plants growing in a woodland setting. There will be sessions on permaculture design suggestions, sourcing and propagation of plants, planting and maintaining a medicinal forest garden. Numbers on this course are limited to ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.


The cost of this course is inclusive of learning materials and refreshments. Full details and joining instructions will be sent on booking. Not included are accommodation and travel. Let us know if you would like our accommodation list.

Your guide is Anne Stobart, MCPP, PhD, a medical herbalist, herb grower and historical researcher. Her published books include Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England (Bloomsbury, 2016) and The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permaculture Publications, 2020)


From previous course participants:

“Loved walking around the site and seeing things – dryer at top – wetter at bottom – zones”. (May 2018)

“A huge arsenal of useful trees to take away – thanks”. (May 2018)

“Really informative handouts – good balance of theory and walkabouts – great links to further info”. (May 2018)

“Good size group – not too big – great to have a chance to see everything and ask questions”. (May 2018)

“Enjoyed learning about trees and their properties”. (May 2019)

“Just being able to see a site that uses permaculture in this way and productively is amazing”. (May 2019)

“ID of trees and shrubs was very useful” (June 2019)

“Enjoyed the whole day as it was very practical” (June 2019)

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