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Autumn Medicine Making workshop cancelled

Hi folks, we are cancelling tomorrow’s ‘Autumn Medicine Making’ workshop at the Salisbury centre due to lack of bookings. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Watch this space for a new series of ‘Pay It Forward’ solidarity medicine making workshops which we will keep you posted on.

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Herb Profile: Old Man’s Beard Lichen

Botanical Name: Usnea spp. Many similarly used species Common Names: Old Man’s Beard, Seaweed of the Mountain (Hawai’i), Fish Bone Beard Lichen, Tree Dandruff, Woman’s Long Hair Family: Usneaceae Parts Used: Whole Lichen Lichenology & Identification: Lichen are a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungus. The algae is able to photosynthesize and therefore …

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Herb Profile: Nettle

Botanical Names: Urtica dioica, Urtica urens Family: Urticaceae (Nettle Family), formerly Cannabinaceae (Cannabis Family) Common Names: Nettle, Stinging Nettle. U.urens –Dwarf Nettle, Small Nettle, Dog Nettle Identification: Cordate leaves which taper to a point and are toothed. Green flowers in long, branched clusters spring from the leaf axils. Urtica dioica is ‘dioecious’ meaning individuals are …

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Herb Profile: Self Heal

Botanical Name: Prunella vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae  (Mint Family) Common Names: Self Heal, All Heal, Sicklewort, Hook Heal, Carpenter’s Herb, Pickpocket, Poverty Pink, Heart o’ the Earth Identification: A sparsely downy perennial herb with creeping runners and erect flower stems to 20cm tall. Not aromatic. Leaves are decussate, stalked, oval, widest at the base. Infloresence in …

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Herb Profile: Garlic Mustard, Jack By The Hedge

Botanical Name: Alliaria petiolata Family:  Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family) Common Names: Jack by the Hedge, Jack in the Bush, Garlic Root, Hedge Garlic, Sauce-alone, Penny Hedge, Poor Man’s Mustard Identification:  Found in hedges and edges. A biennial with a distinct mustardy smell. In it’s first year a rosette of heart shaped leaves with a wavy margin are formed. …

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Wild Things Course: A Year of Wild Food & Medicine!

This year we are delighted to offer a year long Wild Food & Medicine Course, in response to increasing demand for our workshops last year. The course will run over eight months of the year, from March to October, with eight sessions covering basic botany & ecology, practical remedy and recipe making and the basics …

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Blackford Glen Medicine Garden Autumn 2016

Final pictures from the rather wild looking Blackford Glen Medicine Garden before it gets its re-design in Spring 2016! Soraya and I will be using Permaculture Design Principles to think about how best to use the space. Look out for work days in the Spring to update the garden for the coming years.

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