Herb Walk: Edible & Medicinal Plants

Join community medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs for a day exploring the blossoming and green abundance of Maytime, the start of the summer season of high life in the plant world. We’ll tour the garden meeting edible and medicinal plants being grown here as well as the wild weeds around the edges that offer healing power in their diversity of plant chemicals.

Areas covered will include:

  • Approaches to plant identification and recognition

  • Plant life cycles through the year

  • Introduction to plant family botany

  • Connecting with the pharmacy that healing plants offer - how they interact with us

  • Current medicinal uses and research from clinical practice

  • Responsible harvesting practices in the urban setting

  • Folklore and history of our local medicinal plants

  • Sensory tea tastings to connect with the plants through our bodies

  • Making of a simple remedy from the garden

Meet Rasheeqa

Rasheeqa is a community medical herbalist based in east London with 5 years’ experience of facilitating group learning and teaching short and long courses in many aspects of herbal medicine. She is passionate about collaborative and participatory herbalism in the community with a focus on sharing and exchanging healing traditions between the diverse cultures and knowledge of London. She is currently initiating a community apothecary project in Walthamstow - Community Herbal Hands - which seeks to develop networks of medicinal plant cultivation, harvesting, preparing, knowledge-sharing and use for health and well being support in our neighbourhoods.

What you need to know

  • No previous experience is required!

  • Herb Walk is a one day workshop from 10:00 - 15:00

  • Everything will be provided on the day

  • The workshop is held at the Garden, you can find details on how to get here via our Your Visit page

  • The two day workshop is £60



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