Anne Stobart – medicinal forest gardens – a new quality in permaculture

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Medicinal Forest Garden

Anne and Kay created and nurture the Holt Wood – a 2.5 acre piece of woodland, which they transformed from a commercial conifer timber planting to a diverse forest garden. The focus of their work is the medicinal nature of everything in their project. Although you will find edible species there, the idea was to, literally take growing medicinal plants in the UK to the next level. Most gardens only keeps medicinal herbs, whilst they have built a multi-story forest assembly. They have also looked outside the UK, and brought trees from other climate analogues, mainly in North America. This gives them the unique position of security in case of trouble of supply from abroad.

I was introduced to Anne by another medical herbalist – Melanie Shaw. You can hear our chat recorded at the Off Grid festival earlier below (first we talk about her involvement with the Exeter Pound – a local currency implemented to help promote local suppliers):


Holt Wood Herbs – Anne’s main website

Ecological Land Coop – if you’re looking to start any land based business, especially small scale, including living on site, contact them to help be the mediators with your local planners.

The greatest enemy of Monsanto – the Dandelion πŸ™‚

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Music used: Luxe by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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