New Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend course

New for 2020 is our two-day Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend course which combines elements from all of our day courses. The weekend provides an indepth overview of sustainable cultivation and use of medicinal trees and shrubs. Full details of this and our other courses in May and June at Holt Wood are now available online, where you can also book and pay for a course place. Here is a summary of the dates available:

Thursday 14 May 2020  Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden (1 day)

Thursday 28 May 2020  Harvesting from a Medicinal Forest Garden (1 day)

Saturday 23/Sunday 24 May 2020 Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend (2 days)

Thursday 11 June 2020 Medicinal Herbs in Historical Practice (1 day)

Saturday 20/Sunday 21 June 2020 Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend (2 days)

Registration is available online. Once you have booked online, we will send you confirmation, an outline programme with travel directions, and invite you to tell us more about your particular interests related to the course. We can also offer suggestions for accommodation. For queries email us at or telephone 01363 777531. 

Joining a course at Holt Wood

Organic Herb Growers Co-op

Anne travelled to Oxford in early January 2020 to take part in a workshop at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) about Agroforestry: Expanding the Vision. Her talk was entitled ‘Profiting from Medicinal Trees’ and will be available at the ORFC 2020 archive.  At the session, Anne outlined opportunities in herbal growing and spoke of the recently formed Organic Herb Growers Co-op. This was an incredibly busy conference, almost every session was jampacked, and there was so much enthusiasm and experience to share!

A jampacked session at ORFC 2020

Anne is helping to organise a further meeting of the Organic Herb Growers Co-op on Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 10.30-4.00 at FarmEd, Honeydale Farm, Station Road, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6BJ. It will include sessions on Cotswold Seeds and herbal leys, animal health and herb grower opportunities, planning ahead for herb growers. Cost will be £25 to cover refreshments, and to register your interest in a place at this event you can email

Aerial view of Holt Wood in winter

Holt Wood in 2020

There is a lot going on at Holt Wood this year with our herb courses and a new book coming out. We will also be trying to document what we do better, and Kay is involved in the production of some aerial and video footage through the seasons. On the ground our practical projects (aside from cultivating and harvesting) will include a hugelkultur bed, and a new pathway with steps for visitor walkabouts. We have put a short video clip of Holt Wood in winter on YouTube.

A new bed at Holt Wood

Working on the forest garden this year continues, we have a Holt Wood working day planned on Saturday 18 April 2020 – a great opportunity if you want to to see what we are doing and contribute to ongoing projects, such as building new beds.

‘Permaculture for Health and Wellbeing’

All are welcome to Tapeley Park, North Devon 
1.30 – 4.00, Sunday 26 April 2020
An afternoon of talks and activity celebrating permaculture for health and wellbeing. Come to Tapeley Park and hear about what permaculture can do for health and wellbeing! Hear expert speakers from permaculture projects such as Holt Wood Herbs and North Devon Permaculture talking about designs and strategies for healthier and more sustainable living. The cafe is available all afternoon providing healthy snacks and drinks. Join in free, you just pay the usual entrance cost for Tapeley Park (adult £6, child £4, family £15). 

About Holt Wood Herbs News

Holt Wood Herbs News is an occasional newsletter round-up from Anne and Kay, about Holt Wood and the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. You can sign up for news about Holt Wood on our website, at the bottom of the page.