One of my aims is to find out more about Eastern US medicinal plants, to better understand what would grow well in England. I have been involved in setting up the Holt Wood Herbs project which is about creating a sustainable medicinal tree and shrub plantation after felling a conifer plantation. Trees like Sitka Spruce were originally planted in Holt Wood in the 1960’s for timber, although now the commercial market for such soft wood is not so good. The trees needed to be felled sooner or later, and as this picture of neighbouring trees shows, some were falling over due to the closeness of planting and shallow root structure. Our project is aimed at showing how the land can be replanted after felling, with both native and introduced trees.