Harvesting from a Medicinal Forest Garden Course


A day course at Holt Wood in Devon where you can learn about harvesting and making products from a medicinal forest garden.

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This is a one-day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about harvesting and making products from medicinal trees and shrubs. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn about harvesting healing plants and making herbal preparations, whether for your own use or for profit. During this day we will consider medicinal harvesting in our Holt Wood medicinal forest garden based on bark, flowers, fruits, leaves and roots of trees and shrubs. You will see a variety of native and introduced medicinal trees and shrubs in a woodland context. There will be sessions on good harvesting practice, drying and processing techniques. You will also see how to make a variety of preparations suitable for health and body care, such as capsules and ointments. We will cover the legal aspects of making herbal remedies for sale. 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 forthcoming The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permaculture Publications, 2020)


From previous course participants;

“Thank you so much. I enjoyed myself and learned a lot today, very inspirational indeed”. (June 2017)

“A very informative day and a fully packed schedule – value for money – tailored to the participants’ learning needs”. (June 2017)

‘Loved the hands on activities and taking things home’. (June 2018)

“Good mix of seeing living plants and dried/harvested versions. Great food and teas”. (June 2018)

“The facilities are good. Everything has been well thought out. Lovely!”. (June 2018)

“I really enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the day … making things that previously I had only read about”. (May 2019)

“Wonderful setting for a really enjoyable day”. (May 2019)

“Knowledge and practice of making creams/capsules very informative” (June 2019)

“Informal and relaxed, beautiful location” (June 2019)

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