New Medicinal Forest Garden Trust website

Hurrah, in 2021, our new website for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust is now fully established. On this website there are pages dedicated to medicinal trees (and of course shrubs) and growers, providing information about cultivation and harvest. This website is designed to encourage and support anyone wanting to grow healing trees and shrubs in a temperate climate. We aim to develop the theme of medicinal tree and shrub cultivation and harvest more widely, by getting involved with more growing projects, more research possibilities and offering consultancy for others keen to develop medicinal forest gardening.

Online Medicinal Forest Garden Design course

The new Medicinal Forest Garden Trust website provides a link to our online design course hosted on the Thinkific course site. You can register for the full 10-session course for £45. The course includes short video talks by Anne Stobart, downloads of tree profiles and other handouts, quizzes and optional activities. We filmed much of the material at Holt Wood in summer 2020, and you can see more information and a free preview at the Thinkific course website. We hope to develop more courses and if you are signed up for our newsletter (see below) then you will be the first to hear more about these developments.

Goodbye to Holt Wood Herbs website

As some visitors will already know, Anne and Kay have decided to finally ‘retire’ from Holt Wood Herbs, and Holt Wood was sold in autumn 2020. Although this was a huge wrench after 16 years of happy woodland establishment and management, both of us wanted to be able to do a lot of other things. The cancellation of courses at Holt Wood due to the coronavirus epidemic was a contributory factor in deciding to move to online course provision and develop a new website for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust. We took the decision to stop making our forest garden body care products with the sale of Holt Wood. Sadly, this means that handmade items such as Distilled Witch Hazel and Rose Gentle Oil are no longer available. From the New Year in 2021, the old website for Holt Wood Herbs has been gradually replaced and archived in June 2021. Any visitors to the old website will be automatically redirected to the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust home page.


young alder plant
Forest garden layers

One blog ends and another starts

The Holt Wood Herbs blog will no longer be added to. Instead, our new blog will continue at the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust website. With more time available, we hope this will be enhanced with more frequent posts on a range of topics related to medicinal trees and shrubs: from recipes to research notes on specific species, and contributions about garden visits and cultivation projects of interest.

Our products and services

On the new Medicinal Forest Garden Trust website, our focus is advice and education and we still provide information about selected medicinal trees and shrubs on our Trees web page. The new website also offers consultancy related to the medicinal forest garden, and you can find details on this on our Growers web page. Anne’s book, published in 2020, The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook is available for £26 at the new website Shop. It is also possible to support the Trust in the Shop if you wish to make a donation.

Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook Frontcover

Signing up for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust Newsletter

We plan to carry on with an occasional newsletter for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust every 2-3 months. If you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list then go here to sign up.