Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend Course


A two-day course at Holt Wood in Devon packed with information about healing trees and shrubs, from plant identification to planting a medicinal forest garden, with practical opportunities for harvesting and making herbal preparations.




Sat 23/ Sun 24 May 2020 Cancelled

Sat 20/ Sun 21 June 2020 Cancelled

Sat 18/ Sun 19 July 2020

Please note: Course dates are under review due to the spread of coronavirus. If we have to cancel a course then we will offer you a new date or a full refund of your course fee.

This Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend course at Holt Wood in North Devon is an ideal introduction to the cultivation and uses of medicinal trees and shrubs. This course can help you to identify the potential for growing and making your own herbal remedies in a forest garden. During this course we will cover a range of native and introduced healing trees and shrubs. A practical walkabout will provide opportunities to see and identify these and other medicinal plants growing in a woodland setting. You will hear about the many uses of these plants, from cough cures to painkillers and more. There will be discussion of permaculture design features, and issues in cultivating a medicinal forest garden. You will learn about good harvesting practices, as well as drying and preservation techniques. We will have practical opportunities to harvest bark and other products and show you powdering for making capsules and pills. You will also learn how to make a variety of preparations suitable for body and health care, such as teas, tinctures, hydrosols and balms. Numbers on this course are limited to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities 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 suggestions 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, March 2020).


This weekend course requires no previous experience, ideally an interest in growing and using medicinal plants. Most of the course takes place outdoors and we recommend sturdy boots as the terrain can be rough, long sleeves and hat if sunny weather. If the weather is poor we continue under cover. There will be plenty of handouts and practical demonstrations and tasks. Food is vegetarian and you can advise us of dietary needs.

Additional information


20/21 June 2020, 18/19 July 2020

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