Herb walks are generally arranged from April to August when nature is at her most glorious & abundant. I invite you to come and meet the medicinal plants in our city & learn about how we can work with them to improve our health and well being.
The weather as we know can be unpredictable so please wear/bring weather responsive clothes and comfortable waterproof walking shoes or boots - it might be a bit muddy!
Bring a notebook and sellotape to stick samples into your notebook. A wild flower book will also be useful.
On two Sundays in June/July we will visit the Chelsea Physic Garden and Kensington Gardens to meet and learn how to identify some commonly found medicinal plants in London. This is open to all who have an interest in herbal medicine. No previous study is required. In addition to meeting the plants you will learn how to make a basic herbal preparation and be encouraged to do some independent research.
Herbal Workshop at The Chelsea Physic Garden 10am - 3pm
The day will include a tour of the garden with special focus on the medicinal plant beds, edible plants. You will also make your own ointment from scratch, harvesting and using the fresh herb from the garden. You will also get to plant seeds from the garden which you will take home and nurture. The cost for the day which will run from 10am - 3pm is £50 or £40 for low income. This includes the entry fee and the materials we will use on the day. I request a £20 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The Parkland Walk, Highgate N6
We will meet at Jackson’s Lane community centre, 269 Archway Road, N19 Nearest tube station is on the Northern line. The 134 and 43 buses stop outside & opposite the venue. There is a cafe here where you can get a cup of tea/coffee before we start. Should you arrive late, cross over the road fro Jacksons Lane at the main junction, walk down the hill of the Archway Road, turn left into
Kenwood, Hampstead lane NW3
We will meet outside the cafe of Kenwood House, Hampstead lane NW3. The 210 bus from Finsbury Park or Golders Green will drop you off immediately outside the entrance to the Heath and Kenwood House. There is no tube station very nearby. Sundays can be busy but you may find some parking along Hampstead Lane.
The Parkland Walk, Finsbury Park N4
We will meet at Finsbury Park tube station (Victoria line and the Piccadilly Line) head for the Station Place exit & wait by the bus stop for the No 19 bus or the MIKE Coffee bar opposite bus stop, same side. Should you arrive late cross over Stroud Green road (the main road to your left if you are standing at the bus stop), find the bicycle park and follow the path which should be signposted The Parkland Walk. We shouldn’t be too far away.
Buses to Finsbury Park: 253, 279, 259, 29, 236, 4, 19, 106
Cost for each walk is £10