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    May 04 2024


    12:15 pm - 6:00 pm

    The Tent of Taste: Tasting Spring

    Enter the Tent of Taste as part of Merry Monmouth Day on Saturday May 4 12 noon – 5pm, Drybridge Park, Monmouth, NP25 5AS

    Tasting Spring: come explore and taste the spring with presentations, talks, demonstrations and samples from herbalist Rowan Mconegal and forager Liz Knight. Learn about the qualities of common easily-found plants, make simple remedies, and see what is good to eat in the merry month of May. 


    Rowan McOnegal Hedgerow Medicine

    Rowan is a herbalist  based in Herefordshire, passionate about plants and traditional herbal medicine. She will be talking about wild herbs to use out in early May, how to use common medicinal plants for health and wellbeing, to work in harmony with our local flora and unite with and nurture local flora and be nourished by the plants/natural remedies around us. Rowan will discuss working with the local medicinal plants for our mutual benefit, and demonstrate how to use some common herbs. 

    Rowan teaches practical courses aiming to raise awareness of environmental issues, empowering people to look after themselves and to nurture and value their environment and to care for the soil. She studied herbal medicine at the School of Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy), and botany at the University of Birmingham and qualified as a Medical herbalist in 1990. She was a consultant Medical Herbalist for many years, has created gardens; photographed, drawn and painted plants; established a comprehensive photographic library of herbs and wildflower portraits that has been used internationally; travelled extensively to research traditional uses of herbs, and been fascinated by the role plants have in shaping cultures.


    Liz Knight

    Queen of the hedgerows with a passion for the food heritage of rural Britain, and based in Monmouthshire, Liz Knight is an author, forager and wild food chef and educator. She is the founder of Forage Fine Foods, and passionate about the power of food to bring people together, build community and boost wellbeingA  foraging course teacher and author of ‘Forage – Wild plants to gather, cook and eat.’ 

    Liz loves wild food because it isn’t just free, nutritious and sustainable; it’s also often very delicious.

    “I love opening people’s eyes to the wealth of food and incredible flavour that is in their back gardens. Making people smile when they eat things like pine tips, honeysuckle or ground elder for the first time!”