Anne and Kay created and nurture the Holt Wood (https://www.holtwoodherbs.com/) – a 3.5 acre piece of woodland, which they transformed from a commercial conifer timber planting to a diverse forest garden. The focus of their work is the medicinal nature of everything in their project. Although you will find edible species there, the idea was to, literally take growing medicinal plants in the UK to the next level. Most gardens only keeps medicinal herbs, whilst they have built a multi-story forest assembly. They have also looked outside the UK, and brought trees from other climate analogues, mainly in North America. This gives them the unique position of security in case of trouble of supply from abroad.
Searching for the term “medicinal forest garden” mainly brings up her website, and it seems that they could be a world first intentional permaculture medicinal forest garden creators. In our chat, we explore the idea of running a webinar to bring their experience to the wider permaculture community. If this is something you’d like to happen, comment below, or leave me a message over at: https://danieltyrkiel.co.uk/about-me-2/ , or on twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielTyrkiel
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