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Healing with the Hawthorn Tree

Last week, I had the great privilege of presenting some online sessions for the Urban Tree Festival 2020. Originally planned as a series of events in London, which this year, due to the current situation with the worldwide pandemic, was moved entirely online, and reached its branches around the world. This first session I led was all about the Hawthorn tree. Here, I share how it can be helpful for our bodies, what you can make from it, and demystifying a little about its history. It’s a whole hour session, including a Q&A at the end, so why not set some time aside, this weekend, grab a cuppa, and treat yourself to learning about the hearty Hawthorn tree. She’s a beauty! I’d …

Sea Holly: a prickly sea creature of distinct beauty

“… let it thunder to the tune of Green Sleeves, hail kissing-comfits and snow eringoes;” Falstaff: The Merry Wives of Windsor. William Shakespeare Commonly known as Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum, is commonly found on the East Coast of the UK. Like much of our native plant life, Sea Holly has also been historically known by many different names, including Eryngo (as detailed in the Shakespeare quote above), Sea Hulver and Sea Holme. A particularly striking and beautiful perennial plant, it nestles itself along sand dunes and between dune grasses on the sandy coastline of the England and Wales, but especially along the East Coast and in Cornwall. How to identify Sea Holly Growing to a height of up to 60cm, …

Back for 2017!

**Herb walk dates for 2018 will be announced in the coming months** Now in their sixth year, I’m very pleased to announce the dates for my Herb Walks for 2017. For the herb-curious, culinary experimenters, gardeners, wildlife enthusiasts and all with an interest in what grows naturally on their door herb_walk_rosmarinus Booking in advance is essential, as I can only take 16 people on each walk (to ensure everyone can see and hear everything) and as they usually sell out in advance (Booking details to follow) To reserve your place, you can either purchase a place via the Eventbrite link, posted by the side of each date (booking fee applies to all Eventbrite bookings), or you can email me at …

Spring has officially sprung!

With the Spring Equinox now having just past in the last few days, and with Lincoln being bathed in beautiful warm sunlight, I’ve just taken the opportunity to step out into my little urban herb garden for the first time this year, and my word, what a wonderful afternoon! This is probably the latest time that I’ve set to work on my garden in recent years, but with every ‘gardening day’ that I’d set aside in recent week being put paid to by rainy or very windy weather, it’s not been that easy to get out there and get my hands into the soil. But as always, the end result is always most pleasing, and as a herbalist, I feel …

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Hannah Sylvester, Medical Herbalist, Lincoln

Hannah Sylvester, Medical Herbalist, BSc (Hons) MNIMH. Medical Herbalist and Lecturer

Hannah graduated from the University of Lincoln with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine. She is a registered Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH). Hannah lectures part time BSc Clinical Herbalism degree course at Lincoln, is a qualified educator and is an accomplished public speaker. She also features regularly on broadcast and print media.