This book contains practical information on growing, harvesting and using medicinal trees and shrubs sustainably in a temperate climate, whether for self-sufficiency or profit. The author draws on her direct experience of creating a medicinal forest garden in the UK to provide supplies for herbal medicine in practice. She provides advice on the design of new planting projects which can meet the needs of different users from small gardens to smallholdings and agroforestry.
- How medicinal trees can contribute to health and the environment
- Practical advice on designing with medicinal trees and shrubs using permaculture principles, as well as their propagation and establishment
- Combinations of woody and other layers of medicinal plants suitable for creating a medicinal forest garden or inclusion in other growing projects
- Management for a sustainable harvest including coppicing and pollarding of medicinal trees and shrubs
- Key medicinal constituents of woody plants and research studies into their effects
- How to harvest and preserve products from medicinal trees and shrubs effectively
- Recipes for making a range of herbal health care products
- Detailed monographs on medicinal trees and shrubs, providing fully referenced information about their medicinal potential and uses, alongside cultivation and harvest details.
Anne Stobart is an experienced consultant medical herbalist and herb grower and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK. She is co-founder of Holt Wood Herbs, where she has transformed a conifer plantation into a medicinal forest garden. Anne has worked extensively in education, including leading a professional herbal medicine programme at Middlesex University in London, UK.
"Diversity is the key to a thriving forest garden, and Anne's inspirational book has unlocked a new layer of possibility and potential."
– Huw Richards
"Anne Stobart's The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook presents us with a unique and original exploration of environmental stewardship. The introductory chapters poignantly and in a visually stunning way, underscore the multigenerational value of medicinal forest gardens, while each botanical entry weaves the philosophical with the essential guidance needed for their creation."
– Roy Upton, President, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
"The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook is full of hope and inspiration. It lays out the methods for multi-layered forest farming and natural healing that will serve us long into the future. It offers gem after gem of practical insight into the healing wisdom of the herbal tradition and how you can grow then and care for yourself, your loved ones and the world around, one tree at a time. All gleamed from Anne's experience as a Medical Herbalist and an expert in permaculture it's both practical and visionary."
– Sebastian Pole, Master Herbsmith and co-founder Pukka Herbs
"The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook tells you everything you need to know to set up a resilient forest garden to provide food and medicine for body and soul. This book is eminently practical, addressing all the things you need to think about from the very first planning stages right through to harvesting and making your own medicinal preparations. Forty medicinal trees and shrubs are covered in detail, and there are recipes for making a range of medicines. I especially loved the inspiring examples of people who have put these ideas into practice in a wide variety of contexts."
– Julie Bruton-Seal, herbalist and author