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Spring Foraging … Holyrood Park Edinburgh

Earlier this month we hosted a spring foraging workshop in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. The event itself was led by Joseph Nolan. Jo is a fully qualified Herbal Medicine practitioner, originally from New York and now based in Edinburgh. Jo practises from Neals Yard, you can find out more about Jo here:

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We were lucky enough to pick one of the brightest and freshest days of the year so far and with excellent weather we set off, starting outside our national parliament building; Jo had already been round the park before hand and his intention was to show us around 10 to 20 plants and discuss with us the culinary uses (for cooking), medicinal properties and how to identify the plants.

During the class, Jo concentrated on the parts of the plant(s) that were most relevant e.g. Leaves, Flowers, Seeds, Roots. Within just 1.5 hour walk from the parliament building we managed to find Lime Tree (or Linden Tree), Butterbur, Nettle, White Deadnettle, Dandelion, Chickweed, Hawthorn, Garlic Mustard (or Hedge Garlic), Elder, Burdock, Scots Pine, Wild Cherry and Marigold. Jo took time to explain the properties of each plant and patiently answered questions from everyone who attended.

Spring Foraging Workshop - Edinburgh's Holyrood Park

Spring Foraging Workshop – Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park












We are intending to run similar workshops in the future, with the next in Glasgow early in the summer and we will definately hold another one in Edinburgh in September. If you would like us to host one of these in your area, please get in touch.

Liz and I would like to thank everyone who attended and made it such a great day, a few of us even made to Henderson’s of Holyrood afterwards for lunch. Finally, a special thanks to Jo who led the workshop; all of the feedback we got was that everyone was very much impressed with Jo’s knowledge and the relaxed open style in which he delivered the content. What an ace day ! Thank you Jo.

John and Liz :-).

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