Permaculture for Health and Wellbeing - free event

Permaculture Magazine
Friday, 14th February 2020

A free event exploring permaculture for health, wellbeing, medicinal food forests and a visit around Tapeley Park food forest.

An afternoon of talks and activity in North Devon celebrating permaculture for health and wellbeing. On 26th April 2020, come to Tapeley Park and hear about what permaculture can do for health and wellbeing!

Hear expert speakers from permaculture projects talking about designs and strategies for healthier and more sustainable living. The cafe is available all afternoon providing healthy snacks and drinks. All are welcome, including children. No need to book, just come along, but please note that the usual entrance fee for Tapeley Park applies (adult £6, child £4, family £15).

1.30pm ‘Permaculture for Health: A Medicinal Forest Garden’, talk with Anne Stobart who is co-founder of Holt Wood Herbs near Great Torrington, which has been transformed from a redundant conifer plantation into a thriving medicinal forest garden. Holt Wood was planted up with native and introduced healing trees and shrubs in 2005. Anne will be talking about Holt Wood herbs and her new book The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (below) on growing and using medicinal trees and shrubs. See more about Holt Wood Herbs at

2.15pm ‘Permaculture for Wellbeing’, talk with Iain and Wenderlynn Bagnall who are co-founders of North Devon Permaculture CIC a social enterprise, based at Wishtree, an off-grid Permaculture demonstration project. They have been practicing permaculture since 2009; teaching courses and talks on Permaculture design, running a garden design consultancy and working with the early years sector, delivering the Children In Permaculture curriculum. Wishtree also hosts their small plant nursery of edible and unusual plants. Iain and Wendy are advocates of stopping the stigma about mental illness. You can see more about North Devon Permaculture at

3.00pm Visit ‘Tapeley Park Food Forest’, with Holly van Heffernan who will lead a guided walkabout in the Permaculture Garden at Tapeley Park. Tapeley Park has one of the oldest permaculture gardens in the UK, over 20 years old. It is part of a 6,000 acre estate of which activist Hector Christie is custodian. Everything in this well-established permaculture garden is edible, medicinal or beneficial for wildlife. The garden is a ‘perennial’ garden and food can be harvested most of the year.

All are welcome, including children. The address is The Barn, Tapeley Park, Instow, EX39 4NT. No need to book, just come along, the usual entrance fee for Tapeley Park applies (adult £6, child £4, family £15). Please note that wheelchair access is limited to the garden. For travel information see

For further details you can contact Anne at [email protected] or Iain and Wendy at [email protected]

Useful links

Medicinal-Cover_Nic.jpgThe Medicinal Forest garden Handbook by Anne Stobart is available with a 10& discount on the RRP here:

Medicinal uses for horsetail

Medicinal herbs: an antidote to modern medicine

Are medicinal herbalists under threat?