Talks for 2021

Herb Group AGM 2020 with talk on Herbs without Borders

This meeting on Tuesday 1st December at 7.30pm will be conducted via Zoom. Members will be sent details nearer the time. We are delighted to welcome Becs and Annwen, herbalists from the Rhizome Clinic. They will tell us about Herbalists without Borders: a collaboration between herbalists, herb growers and local support projects working with asylum seekers and refugees.

2020 events cancelled

We are very sorry to announce that, given the current situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, we had to cancel all meetings from March to November 2020. Those who had joined for 2020 will have their membership carried over to 2021.

Thanks for your understanding - we hope you all keep well.

Our talks take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month (unless indicated otherwise below)

Our meetings start at 7.30pm, and are currently held via Zoom

They are normally held at Abbots Leigh Village Hall BS8 3QP

January 26th


Lisa Schneidau is a storyteller and environmentalist living on Dartmoor, and the author of ‘Botanical Myths of Britain and Ireland’. She will explore our relationship with wild plants and the land in Britain, through traditional and modern folk tales.

February 23rd


Jo Woolf writes about nature, landscape and history. She will share discoveries she made while researching her book,Britain’s Trees: a Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature’, which led her to look at people's relationships with trees as far back as the last Ice Age. Jo writes a blog called The Hazel Tree and is Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

March 23rd


Our very own President, the herb expert, author and broadcaster Jekka McVicar, revisits her passion for herbs in cookery.

April 27th


After a career in the City, Nick Mann moved to Somerset, where he was struck by the continuing collapse of UK biodiversity. He set up Habitat Aid, working with small scale growers and conservation groups around the country, to help address the problem. He also writes a blog on issues surrounding our natural environment. Join Nick as he talks about his passion for meadow-making.

May 25th


Join medical herbalist Alex Laird in her kitchen, surrounded by foods, herbs, spices and flowers, as she explains how plants contain medicine for us and how these phytonutrients act on specific body functions to support our health and immunity. Alex is the author of 'Root to Stem: a Seasonal Guide to Natural Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Life'. She is the founding director of the charity Living Medicine.

June 22nd


We mark 25 years of the Herb Group with an evening of herbal joy in the Western Herb Garden at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Join us for food and refreshments and to dedicate a seat in memory of our founder, Paddy Dadd. 7.00pm start, members only.

December 7th (1st Tuesday)


We hope to be back at our usual venue for our 2021 AGM, to enjoy a herb-themed Christmas supper. More details will be confirmed nearer the time.