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Are you interested in herbs and their uses?
Would you like to learn more?

 

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 2018-2019

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Dec
(1st Tue)

Christmas supper and AGM 2018
A Christmas bring and share supper with a herb theme brings our year to a happy close (preceded by a short AGM)

 

22nd Jan

Hemp, a herb for our time
Stephen Glover of the newly created Bristol Hemp Company talks about their exciting initiative: harvesting hemp to produce nutrient-rich, non-psychoactive juice, oils and balms (see Bristol Hemp Company)

 

26th Feb

The healing power of house plants
The Wild Leaf Store opened in St Andrews, Bristol, in 2017 and specialises in indoor plants. Owner Tya Shannon looks at how these plants can promote well-being (see Wild Leaf Plants and Design)

 

26th Mar
(3rd Tue)

Designing a herb garden
Our very own President, the herb expert, author and broadcaster Jekka McVicar, gives us her top tips for a beautiful garden (see Jekka's Herb Farm)

 

16th Apr
(3rd Tue)

Farming medicinal herbs
On our trip to Elder Farm in 2018, we saw how farmer and medical herbalist Helen Kearney uses trees to provide the best environment to grow herbs. Now Helen visits to tell us more (see Elder Farm)

 

21st May
(3rd Tue)

Magical mint, luscious lavender
Ian Margetts of Summerdown Mint introduces us to their wide range of herbs, including lavenders and the special Black Mitcham peppermint, grown in England for over 100 years, and used in award-winning products from fragrances to chocolates (see Summerdown Mint)

 

25th Jun

Taking time to smell the roses
At the height of summer, roses will be at their most fragrant and beautiful. We look at their many uses from cookery to perfumery (with plant sale)

 

23rd Jul

Therapeutic landscapes
Historian Clare Hickman from the University of Chester traces the story of gardens in health, from physic and botanic gardens to asylums, hospitals and sanatoria (see Clare Hickman) (with raffle)

 

24th Sep

The secrets of seaweeds
Forager Fred Gillam explores British seaweeds, reminding us of their great nutritional value, which is derived from their huge vitamin and mineral content, as well as their ability to add flavour to our food (see The Wild Side of Life)

 

22nd Oct

Adventures with orchids
Simon Pugh-Jones MBE and students of the Writhlington School Orchid Project tell us how dedicated teenage horticulturalists working with conservation partners around the globe can help our planet (see Writhlington School Orchid Project)

 

19th Nov
(3rd Tue)

Honey to combat infection
Arboretum ranger and pharmacist Victoria Sewell discusses her research into the antibacterial properties of honey, as well as the importance of bees and the potential of plants for drug discovery (with raffle)

 

3rd Dec
(1st Tue)

Christmas supper and AGM 2019
A Christmas bring and share supper with a herb theme brings our year to a happy close (preceded by a short AGM)

 

 

 

 

 

Venue

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Membership

 

 

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

Non-members:
5 per meeting

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Links

 

 

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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