Talks and presentations

Throughout the day, we’ll have a range of talks and activities for visitors

10.30am -11.15am Using Medicines from your Garden with Herbalist Em Tivey

With nearly 20 years experience and study in Traditional Western Herbalism, Emma shares her experience grounded in passion and purpose for plants, people and planet. Although medically trained, her heart lies in the empowerment of folk herbalism which is truly medicine for the people and grassroots community. Along with a clinical practice, Emma holds learning days, walks and talks in healing plants, botanical observation and medicine making for all ages. When not waxing lyrical about all things herbal she can be found soothing her sanity and soul by tending her biodynamic allotment and trying to keep up with two slightly feral and very funny kids.

11.30am – 12.15pm Growing and Propagating Medicinal Plants with Permaculturist Pavla Kislerova

Pavla Kislerova is a local permaculture designer and owner of Hej Gro which specialises in products from seasonal, foraged and locally sourced organic ingredients including pestos, jams, chutneys, infused vinegars, and herbal healing balms. She also facilitates talks and workshops on transitioning towards natural, low impact and off-grid living. This practical talk will look into growing and propagating medicinal plants, covering weeds as well as cultivated plants including those with culinary uses. Closer focus will be on Echinacea, Lemonbalm and Marigold, but individual advice on different plants is also possible.

1.00pm- 1.45pm Growing Salads in a Polytunnel with Cllr Shane Collins

Cllr Shane Collins is the leader of the Green Party group on Mendip District Council and working on campaigns against Hinkley Point, single use plastics, getting the County Council to divest from fossil Fuels and growing, selling and eating lots of salad ! He says ‘Changeable weather patterns will mean the bread baskets of the world will produce less food. We need to cut CO2 by growing close to home and without chemicals. Frome could be food self sufficient for much of the year if we rediscovered our past skills. A polytunnel 25 ft x 13ft can produce around 2kg of salad a week for around 8 months of the year providing a small income and local food.’