Come on an amazing 3 hour plant walk and discover how you can use the plants growing around you to enliven a healthy diet and provide simple home remedies.

Plants As Medicine

Many common wayside plants were stock home remedies for centuries. We only stopped using them when modern medicines became more effective and accessible. However plants have some very useful properties that are worth rediscovering. These are also very easy to learn and even in a short walk you can pick up some useful tips to safely help with common everyday health problems.

This walk will include a handout for you to take notes and tick off the plants that we find on our way.

Plants As Food

Wild edible plants are the ultimate in ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ food. Historically wild plants have always been a source of nourishment for country people. Foraging re-awakens your senses so you gain a greater appreciation of land, and your place in the natural cycles and rhythms of the seasons.

During this part of the walk you will be shown how to identify wild edible plants, as well as learn the different plant stories, their nutritional values, folklore, mystery and history. A minimum of 20 edible wild plants are usually covered.

About Simon Y. Mills MA FCPP FNIMH

Simon is Cambridge graduate in medical sciences who has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. In that time he has led the main professional and trade organisations for herbal medicine in the UK and served on Government and House of Lords committees. He has also written the standard textbooks used by people training to be herbal practitioners around the world. He co-founded the first University centre for complementary health studies in Exeter in 1987, the first integrated health course at a UK medical school at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter and the first masters degree programme in herbal medicine in the USA.

Simon is currently Managing Director of SustainCare Community Interest Company, a non-profit social enterprise that is setting up a new evidence-base and educational programme for the use of plant remedies, and is integrating this with other community approaches to self care.

About Robin Harford

Robin forages everyday, and is creator of the UK’s leading wild food site His foraging courses have been recommended in the BBC Good Food Magazine, Guardian, Green Parent, Ecologist, GQ etc. He has taught at Eden Project, been featured on BBC2 Edwardian Farm and consults with TV companies and celebrity chefs.

When, Where & How Much?

Saturday, 1st June 2013

  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Location: The Hub On The Green, Cathedral Place, Exeter, Devon
  • Availability: 20 places available
  • Cost: £35 (Pay £20 now & then £15 on the day)
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What Others Have Said…

“I just wanted drop a line to thank you and Simon for a great walk today. I found it really interesting especially as it was in a more urban environment than I’d expect. The amount to forage was quite amazing! Thanks again for a great day” – Paul Stevens

“I’m really glad I came down. I learnt a lot from the walk – I’d love to learn more! Both you and Simon are very knowledgeable and approachable.” – Beccy Hollingdale

“The Wild Food and Medicine course, with Robin and Simon, was our first real experience of foraging – and one that has made us keen to get out there experimenting. Simon and Robin complemented each other well, in talking about the use of each plant for medicine and/or food. The walk was easy and very local to us, allowing us to involve our 23 month old, who loved it as much as we did! It’s really exciting knowing how much is right on our doorstep to forage and we would recommend this experience to everyone.” – The Finnie Family

“I really enjoyed the walk and learned so much in that time.” – Paul Shepherd