On Tuesday 3rd October Sutton and Barnby Moor Gardening Club met in Barnby Moor Village Hall at 7.15pm with 27 members keen to listen to the invited speaker for the evening.
Chair Jenny Bailey welcomed members and gave out official notices before introducing the guest speaker – Hannah Sylvester, a Medical Herbalist BSc (Hons) MNIMH, who would address the group about ‘Western Herb Medicine’.
Based in Lincolnshire, Hannah is known locally as The District Herbalist and, besides giving talks to various clubs and societies, is also involved in one-to-one herbal consultations, herbal walks and nature education. She explained and showed slides of various herbs used to assist many conditions around today, many of which can be found in a lot of gardens. Rosemary, thyme and mint were all mentioned, and even nettles have their use!
The important point is knowing which to use and what strength to use as many can cause problems when used incorrectly. Samples of various herbs and potions were distributed amongst those present, many identified by smell, some could even be tasted!
A very informative talk and enjoyed by the gathering.