Woodland herbs

Sunday 28 May 2017



The course

A walk in wild woodland reveals not only herbs in the undergrowth but also herbal trees. This day will equip you not only to find first aid by the wayside, but also to gather ingredients for pleasant, health-giving teas. Along the way you will also identify powerful herbs now grown as flowers and important medicinal herbs being researched and recently used for example in cancer treatments. Medicinal and cookery recipes will be part of the day. Herbs covered will include Hawthorn, Elder, Yew, Ajuga, Sanicle, Hedge Woundwort, Wild raspberry and Strawberry, Violets, Ivy, Herb Robert, Bilberry, Butcher’s broom, Cowslips, Lily of the Valley and Solomon’s Seal. Medicinal and cookery recipes will be part of the day.

The tutor

Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown some 300 herbs, studied and used them for over 30 years. Her Hampshire garden was featured on television several times. She has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. Christina has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.

Participant information

Places are limited to 10 people. Please bring with you a pen and paper and suitable clothing footwear as you will spend part of the day outside. The course takes place in an historic building which can be cool, it is advisable to wear warm layers.


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.