Trees & Their Uses - Food, Remedies & Crafts!

Join outdoor educator and naturalist Lauren Lochrie of Herbal Homestead for an immersive, arboreal journey to explore a range of common trees and their uses across the seasons. Based at the beautiful Cardross Estate (rural Stirlingshire).


Herbal Homestead, Port of Menteith

Enquire via the Herbal Homestead website.


A four-part course; (x4) 4 hour sessions, one in Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter. Dates to be arranged with organiser. Small group sizes. Adults only. Depending on the time of year and tree focus, participants will learn about and prepare different remedies, crafts, and food stuffs from sap, leaves, catkins, roots, twigs, flowers, berries, bark, cones and associated fungi as well as exploring different ways to connect with trees and plants. Based at a permaculture education garden, you will also learn about establishing/ maintaining a food forest with layers of edibility and useful crops. What to expect: - Tree identification and habitat cues - Exploring traditional and modern uses - Trying pre-prepared foraged nibbles, teas and remedies - Harvesting and working with different tree parts to prepare drinks, herbal remedies, tinder, ointments and other useful & decorative items depending on seasonal abundance - Exploring forest garden creation and maintenance - Some activities exploring observational drawings - Some group work exploring intrinsic value & ecological function - Exploring exercises to build deeper connections with trees & plants **Includes follow up recipes, ID guides, and information documents**

About Herbal Homestead

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Facilitating outdoor education & natural wellness via 1. Foraging (wild food, herbal remedies & nature crafts) 2. Homemade workshops (natural health care items; cream, soap, deodorant etc) 3. Homestead-help (food growing, gardening for wildlife & design consultation)

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Women in Agriculture

Women in Agriculture

The Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund has been established by Scottish Government to support the personal development of women, providing them with additional skills to progress their careers and employment opportunities in Scottish agriculture beyond their current role.

Next Generation Practical Training

Next Generation Practical Training

The Next Generation Practical Training Fund has been established by Scottish Government with an aim to support those relatively new to agriculture, by providing the opportunity for skills development and training on the practicalities of agricultural practice as well as wider business and sustainability skills, in order to help them secure, sustain and progress their careers.


Port of Menteith

You will need to travel to the course location.




  • Lots of Hands On
  • Some Reading & Writing
  • Some Watching
  • Some Listening
  • Some Socialising

Find out more, enquire or book via the Herbal Homestead website.