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West of England Herb Group





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The West of England Herb Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at Abbots Leigh Village Hall, near Bristol. Everyone is welcome - come along and bring a friend! 

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Events 2016-2017



Meetings start at 7.30pm with refreshments and a chance to chat to other members and swap ideas.








6th Dec 2016
(1st Tue)

Christmas supper and AGM
A Christmas bring and share supper with a herb theme brings our year to a happy close (preceded by a short AGM)


24th Jan

Chinese herbal tonics
What are tonics and where can you find them in medicine, herbalism and food? George Cooper, practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, explains how tonics are used in Chinese herbalism (see George Cooper Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine) (with book sale)


28rd Feb

Edible flowers
Our President, Chelsea Gold Medal-winning herb grower Jekka McVicar, looks at ways of brightening up our diet with herbal flowers (see Jekka's Herb Farm)


28th Mar

Planting with the moon
Bernard Jarman, an expert in biodynamics, discusses the moon’s role in plant growth, including its rhythms and its relationship with the sun, as well as zodiac positions, plant archetypes and the four elements


25th Apr

Herbs for arthritis and joint health
Medical herbalists Annwen Jones and Becs Griffiths from the Rhizome Clinic discuss nutrition, lifestyle and herbal medicine for healthier joints, with a focus on the prevention of problems as well as treatment (see Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic)


23rd May

Creative ideas with spring herbs
Don’t miss out on our wide range of imaginative yet practical ideas for hands-on herbal activities in this stimulating session (with plant sale)


27th Jun

Botanicals in gin-making
Bramley & Gage is a family-run distillery in Thornbury, known for their artisanal fruit liqueurs and “6 o'Clock Gin”. Find out more about the herbal content of this traditional spirit (see Bramley & Gage) (with raffle)


1st Jul

NEW VENUE! Outing - Buckfast Abbey
We can look forward to guided tours of the herb garden, lavender garden and sensory garden at this working monastery in Devon, followed by a visit to Laurel Farm Herbs and Edibles near Okehampton - further details available on request (see also Buckfast Abbey and Laurel Farm Herbs)


25th Jul

Nicholas Culpeper
Medical herbalist Ann Freeman relates the story of this remarkable 17th century herbalist, who opposed the closed ranks of the medical profession to ensure the common people retained access to herbal medicine. His famous herbal “The English Physician” is still in print today


26th Sep

Natural dye plants
Flora Arbuthnott examines the use of wild and cultivated flowers, leaves, roots and bark to dye fabric and create beautiful prints without the use of toxic chemicals (see Natural Dye Garden)


17th Oct
(3rd Tue)

What makes this plant so special? Jonathan Briggs looks at mistletoes worldwide, and the plant’s associated myths, traditions and medicinal uses, as well as its growth, harvesting and control (see Mistletoe Matters)


21st Nov
(3rd Tue)

Christmas herbs and spices
Greg Corbishley of Bristol’s Bart Ingredients Company talks about these essential Christmas ingredients, and gives us an insight into sourcing the finest quality on a commercial scale (see Bart Ingredients Company) (with raffle)


5th Dec
(1st Tue)

Christmas supper and AGM
A Christmas bring and share supper with a herb theme brings our year to a happy close (preceded by a short AGM)









Our meetings are at Abbots Leigh Village Hall, which is just off the A369 to the west of Bristol (2.5 miles from M5 J19, 1.5 miles from the Clifton Suspension Bridge). Turn off the A369 opposite The George pub. The hall is the first building on your right, up this road. The address is 6 Church Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QP. Here is a map.









You don't have to be a member to attend our meetings - but it will save you money! Come to a meeting and join while you're there.

Annual subscriptions:
Single £24
Double £36

£5 per meeting






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For more information phone 0117 9733305 or send us an email.









Some other herb-related sites:

Jekka's Herb Farm
We are proud to have Jekka McVicar as President of our Group. Her herbetum, north of Bristol, displays the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK.

The Herb Society
The UK's national society for increasing the understanding, use and appreciation of herbs and their benefits to health.

Garden Organic
Garden Organic (formerly HDRA) promotes organic methods for growing all plants, including herbs.

National Herb Centre
The National Herb Centre runs an excellent nursery and other herb-related activities from its base in Banbury.

Tree Aid
Tree Aid is a Bristol-based charity that supports communities in Africa by planting trees to reduce their vulnerability to drought and famine.

Herbs for Healing
This small local herb company is run by Davina Wynne-Jones (daughter of Rosemary Verey). Davina recently hosted a visit of Herb Group members to her beautiful Barnsley Herb Garden, near Cirencester.

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