One of the reasons that our medical herbalist, Anne, has been so short of time to spend at Holt Wood is her involvement in recent years in preparing a historical book on household medicine for publication. The book is based on Anne’s research into seventeenth-century household medicine and draws on original household recipes, accounts and letters. At last, the book is nearly ready and is called Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England
. Although not specifically about ‘herbs’, there are chapters in the book which consider recipe ingredients and medicinal preparations as well as detailed views of ‘self-help’ activities in the seventeenth century. The book will be published by Bloomsbury Academic later in 2016. More details on the book can be found at the Bloomsbury web site
Back at Holt Wood, we are gearing up for an Open Day, 1–4 pm on Saturday 21st May 2016. The open day session in the afternoon provides an opportunity to find out why we started the project and how things are progressing.
Our draft programme
1300: Welcome and introductions
1315: Background to Holt Wood Medicinal Tree and Shrub Project
1345: Walkabout to see trees and shrubs
1515: Harvesting medicinal barks and examples of herbal medicines
View across the River Torridge valley
The afternoon is suitable for people of all ages and experience. If you would like to come then get in touch to book your free place and we can send travel directions. For background information on Holt Wood see the website.
Updating the Holt Wood website
We are aware that the web site needs updating for Holt Wood. This will be a huge learning process! It is an opportunity to bring together news about Holt Wood and an online shop for some of the produce as well as links to permaculture and other projects. So, hopefully, we will be working on this in the next few months and then announce any updates.
Witch Hazel opening leaves