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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 2017-2018



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








5th Dec
(1st Tue)

Christmas supper and AGM 2017
A Christmas bring and share supper with a herb theme brings our year to a happy close (preceded by a short AGM)


23rd Jan

Plants to save the planet (part III)
Nick Wray, Curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, looks at more ways in which plants can solve modern problems (see University of Bristol Botanic Garden)


27th Feb

Fermented foods
The Ethicurean restaurant, Wrington, prides itself on its locally sourced ingredients and tasty fermented foods. Matthew Pennington tells us more (see The Ethicurean) (with book sale)


20th Mar
(3rd Tue)

Herbs and the Celtic wheel of the year
Rosemary Stibbon, energy worker/shamanic practitioner, looks at the significance of the medicine wheel to indigenous peoples: how did the Celts use it, and its associated herbs, for health?


24th Apr

Right time, right place
Davina Wynne-Jones created her ‘Herbs for Healing’ garden from a pony paddock in 2005. She tells us what the plants have since taught her about their preferences and uses (see Herbs for Healing)


8th May
(2nd Tue)

The trees of Castle Park
Medical herbalist Ann Freeman has helped create a trail of 25 fascinating trees in Bristol’s Castle Park. Join her on an evening tour. Members only: please reserve your place in advance (see Castle Park Tree Trail)


22nd May

Children's health
Medical herbalists Annwen Jones and Becs Griffiths from the Rhizome Clinic will cover herbs for nutrition, immunity, relaxation and more, and answer questions on childhood and teenage health issues (see The Rhizome Clinic) (with plant sale)


26th Jun

Jekka's Herbetum
A special evening hosted by our President, Jekka McVicar, at her farm near Alveston. Members only: please reserve your place in advance (see Jekka's Herbetum) (with raffle)


24th Jul

Medicinal mushrooms
Chinese herbalist Martin Powell of Pure Health tells us about the medicinal properties of a range of fungi from around the world (see Martin Powell and Pure Health) (with raffle)


25th Sep

Castle Park Physic Garden
Emma Coleman designed this herbal oasis in central Bristol. She discusses her choice of plants, and the links with homeless charity St Mungo's and sponsor company Jo Malone (see Coleman Landscapes)


23rd Oct

Herbs to help sleep
Herbalist Belle Benfield of Seed SistAs and Sensory Solutions explores the root causes of poor sleep, and herbs to support our quest for deep, restful slumber (see Sensory Solutions)


20th Nov
(3rd Tue)

Chinese tea and related remedies
Anne Sheekey of Attic Teas looks at the tea plant and how Chinese tea and tea remedy tinctures can support our health and wellbeing (see Attic Teas) (with raffle)


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)









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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