The Medicinal Forest Garden Trust aims to promote education and research towards sustainable cultivation and harvesting of medicinal trees and shrubs. Through courses and projects we seek to support the establishment of sustainable cultivation and harvesting of medicinal trees and shrubs. We can offer advice and support for sustainable design of medicinal aspects of forest gardens. We have experience of growing both introduced and native trees in the UK. For example, Virginian witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) grows well in the UK.
A North American shrub, Virginian witch hazel provides bark, twigs and leaves which can be distilled for an anti-inflammatory water used in skin complaints and first aid.
Why is the Trust needed?
There are many concerns about the sustainability of world-wide wild-harvested sources of supply of medicinal plants. Development of domestic cultivation of medicinal trees and shrubs could contribute to sustainability of medicinal tree sources, through reduction of wild-harvesting. We might also improve the quality of forest products, through accreditation systems. However, information on managing particular medicinal trees and shrubs is not always well co-ordinated and much more experimentation is needed to identify coppicing, pollarding and other means of cultivation and harvesting in a sustainable manner.
Our past activities
- Advising new woodland owners about medicinal trees and shrubs
- Planning and design of a new medicinal forest garden
- Enabling herbal practitioners to harvest medicinal tree barks
- Running a course for Forest School leaders
- Compiling information sheets on particular medicinal tree species.
Creating and Transforming Medicinal Woodlands
Many coniferous woods in the UK are reaching maturity. These and further sites are being identified for new tree planting. In the UK, the Forestry Commission and other organisations are pressing for increasing biodiversity and benefits to the environment. This is reflected in preferential funding rates of grants for establishing native broadleaf woods. The inclusion of medicinal trees and shrubs in planting schemes could provide further benefits such as additional income from non-timber forest products.
Traditional knowledge about remedies often bears out modern scientific studies of therapeutic actions possible with woody perennials.
Many more medicinal trees and shrubs could be introduced in woodland areas in the UK if relevant information is made available and young plants are easily sourced. For landowners, farmers, smallholders and market gardeners there would be further benefits if sustainably harvested produce supported preparations with added value that could be sold to benefit health and lifestyles. A range of information is needed by the commercial grower regarding sourcing and propagation, cultivation, harvesting, processing and marketing. Through the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust we aim to help provide examples of successful projects. We will add these examples to our Growers page.
The origins of the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust
The plantaholic one
As a co-founder of Holt Wood Herbs, Anne has sought to develop sustainable ways of growing medicinal trees and shrubs. She is an experienced herbal practitioner, based in Devon. Previously she taught herbal medicine at Middlesex University in London. She is also permaculture-trained and enjoys growing herbs alongside fruit and vegetables on the allotment. Anne has excellent knowledge of the herbal medicine world from clinical practice to worldwide sourcing of herbal remedies. Having a particular interest in medicinal trees and shrubs, she has published The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook. Anne has much practical experience of growing, harvesting and creating a range of herbal preparations.
The creative one
Kay has a considerable interest in growing, particularly flowers. She has a varied background, having worked abroad and in the UK in industry, then trained in social work with a number of postings in South and West England. She has always had an interest in art, completing a degree in fine art at Plymouth University, exhibiting her work and now producing fine quality prints and art cards. Kay provides the creative elements of the medicinal forest garden, ranging from mapping gardens to aerial photography, from construction projects to herb beds.
The other ones
A number of friends and colleagues helped us lots along the way and we would like to thank them for their wonderful support.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Postage rates within UK: UK Royal Mail Second Class Signed For Service for book orders (1-2 kg) also costs £4.50.
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Details of our policies and practice with regard to data are here.
HERBAL MEDICINE AND SAFETY?
If you have an underlying health condition, or are on prescription medication, you should seek professional advice to ensure that any herbal medicine is suitable for your use. In particular if you have any medical concerns when pregnant, breastfeeding or with certain medical conditions, you should consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner for further advice before takiing herbal medicines.
Some herbal medicines may not be appropriate for young people. We do not recommend using any products containing essential oils on young children without professional advice. Please note that some tree products such as willow bark has salicylic acid as a constituent and this is not recommended for use with children under 3 years of age.
Some products for external use contain essential oils which can be very potent and should be avoided during pregnancy, especially in the first 6 months. Please contact your local qualified herbal practitioner or aromatherapist who can advise you.
If you have a query then please contact us.
Our office is at the address below. The Medicinal Forest Garden Trust is a trading name of Herbaid Ltd (UK registered company no. 6944858). You can contact us by post, phone or email.
Medicinal Forest Garden Trust, 21 Dean Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3EN, UK
Phone: 01363 777531 (please leave a message on the answerphone if we are unable to pick up)
Medicinal Forest Garden Trust
21 Dean St
Devon EX17 3EN