Day And Residential Courses 2019

Thur 21st March 2019 2.00 - 4.00 pm The Medicinal Uses of Plants Glossop
We will look at the enormously important role played by plants in western medicine from ancient beliefs to the development of a more scientific approach to medicine. We will also examine some of the more important chemical groups found in plants such as alkaloids and essential oils and show how these still contribute to modern medicine.Bradbury House, Market Street, Glossop. Fee in advance £7; on the door £9. Organised by the Glossop Guild. To book and pay for the course visit www.glossopguild.org
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Saturday March 23rd Two Talks - The Plant Hunters and The Medicinal Properties of Plants in Disley
Patrick will give two illustrated talks during a day that runs from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
The Plant Hunters looks at the lives, times travels and plants associated with men who changed the face of British gardens. Hunters featured will include the two John Tradescants, Joseph Banks, David Douglas and Ernest Wilson some 400 years of garden history.
The Medicinal Properties of Plants will include a history of the medicinal use of plants including foxglove, willow and Jesuits' bark plus a look at the basis of modern drugs helping to prevent strokes and treating a range of different cancers.
To be held at Disley Methodist Church, 70 Buxton Road, Disley SK12 2EA Fee £15 including lunch, tea and coffee - organised by WEA Disley phone 0300 303 3464 - cheques payable to Pat Orchard, 60 Meadway, Poynton, Stockport SK 12 1DZ
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June 8th (Saturday) 11.00 - 3.30 Plants as Food and Medicine in Nottinghamshire
A day organised by the Forestry Commission and based at the Sherwood Pines Forest Park near Edwinstowe. A day of two parts - one looking at edible wild plants, the other at the medicinal use of wild plants.
There will be books to look at and illustrated talks with handouts to augment the two forays in to the forest to find some of the plants mentioned in the talks. From wild garlic and dandelion coffee to the medicinal use of plants such as chickweed, raspberry and water mint.
Further details and bookings karina.thornton@forestry.gov.uk   phone 01623 821459
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June 15th (Saturday) Beech and Birch in Natural History, History & Literature - based in Oxford
A day school (10.00 - 5.00) at Rewley House,1 Wellington Square for Oxford University.
A multidisciplinary day school starting with the place of beech and birch in legend and history in Britain. A session on natural history will look at the identification of beech and our two native birch species and some of the fauna and flora associated with their woodlands. A lecture on the uses of beech and birch from book jackets to wine, from bobbins to steel making. The final session will explore how the beech and birch have been portrayed in literature - with readings from participants (not compulsory!) of favourite poems and prose extracts.
More details and booking  www.conted.ox.ac.uk    phone 01865 270 368         40% booked up by late 2018
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June 23rd (Sunday) The Medicinal Properties of Plants in the Attenborough Nature Reserve
A day school (10.30 - 4.00) organised by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust  and based at the wonderful Attenborough Nature Reserve just to the south west of Nottingham. Includes a buffet lunch.
A day featuring displays of books and herbal remedies, illustrated talks on the history of the medicinal uses of plants plus details as to how chemicals in some famous herbal plants work in the body. There will also be two forays into the reserve to find and identify wild plants that are used medicinally.
Further information and booking from www.attenboroughnature.centre.co.uk/book
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Monday June 24th Food for Free (edible wild plants) and Medicinal Plants at Creswell Crags
A day school looking at useful wild plants. Illustrated talks on plants for food and drink and also about plants with medicinal properties. Includes trips out to look at wild plants and to learn how to identify them. There will also be specimens,medicines and a display of useful books. Bring a picnic lunch or get food and drink in the excellent cafe.
Further information and booking from  www.creswell-crags.org.uk   phone 01909 720378
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June 28th - 30th (Fri to Sun) Beech and Birch in Natural History, History and Literature
A multidisciplinary course run by the University of Cambridge based at Madingley Hall to the west of Cambridge set in a Capability Brown landscape, and offering a very high standard of accommodation and food. The course starts with dinner on Friday and runs until lunch on Sunday.
A total of 7 different sessions which include beech and birch in history and legend, the identification of beech and our two species of birch, natural history of beech and birch woodlands and the many different uses to which the trees have been put. There will also be a session on beech and birch in literature and outdoor sessions to loook at the trees and their near relatives.
Further information and booking  www.ice.cam.ac.uk/short-courses      phone 01223 746262 
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July 5th - 7th (Fri to Sun)  Wild Flowers in Wiltshire
A glorious mix of illustrated talks covering identification, folklore and medicinal plants. Identification forays including to the  Wiltshire downs and a range of other habitats. Based at Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane, Swindon, Wilts where Patrick has been teaching for over 30 years. 
Further information and booking  www.lowershawfarm.co.uk   phone 01793 771080
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July 15th (Monday) Britain's Native Trees at Creswell Crags
A day school looking at identification, folklore, natural history and history of our native trees.  Illustrated talks plus book displays and a collection of timbers from different tree species.  Includes trips out to look at local trees to learn how to identify them. We will also look at some of the common non-native trees and shrubs. Bring a picnic lunch or get food and drink in the excellent cafe.
Further information and booking from  www.creswell-crags.org.uk   phone 01909 720378
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Mon July 22nd - Friday July 26th Cambridge University International Summer Programme - The Medicinal Properties of Plants
A series of 5 afternoon sessions starting with a look at the history of plants used in medicine and then looking in detail at some of the more important chemical groups found in plants and which have important medicinal properties. These will include alkaloids, coumarins and essential oils which hare still used  in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and for the prevention of blood clots. The Friday session will take place at the nearby Cambridge Botanic Garden where we will follow the Chemicals from Plants trail and examine some of the plants mentioned in the lectures.
Part of a science programme which includes morning plenary lectures and evening events and outings. Accommodation is available at a number of the Cambridge colleges.
Patrick is also offering a 10 session interdisciplinary course on the same subject running from July 22nd to August 2nd.
Ask to see the full Summer Programme booklet - for more information phone 01223760850 or Email intenq@ice.cam.ac.uk              website www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer
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Sat Sep 28th Fungus Day School at Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire
Organised by The Woodland Trust. More details to follow.
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Wed Oct 9th or Sat Oct 19th (11.00 - 3.30) Mushrooms in Nottinghamshire
Organised by the Forestry Commission and based at the Sherwood Pines Forest Park near Edwinstowe. A day of illustrated talks, book reviews, handouts and two forays into the forest. Learn how to go about identifying our common fungi and especially the edible species. Book for either Wednesday or Saturday.
Further details and bookings from karina.thornton@forestry.gov.uk   phone 01623 821459 
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Sat Oct 12th  Fascinating Fungi: Mushrooms, Toadstools and a Load of Old Rot based in Oxford
A day School (10.00 - 5.00) at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, for Oxford University.
A day that will cover the biology and ecology of fungi plus identification of our more common mushrooms and toadstools. There will also be sessions to look at poisonous and hallucinogenic species not to mention dry rot, Beatrix Potter and Sylvia Plath. From LSD and Quorn to Father Christmas.
More details and booking www.conted.ox.ac.uk   Phone 01865 270368
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Sat Oct 19th (11.00 - 3.30) Mushrooms in Nottinghamshire
See above
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Sun Oct 20th Mushroom Day School at Hatfield
More details to follow
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Sunday Oct 27th Mushrooms and Toadstools near Nottingham
A day school (10.30 to 4.00) including lunch organised by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and based at the wonderful Attenborough Reserve just to the south of Nottingham. Advice on books, illustrated talks and forays into the surrounding reserve. Participants will learn how to go about trying to identify some of the commoner mushrooms and toadstools with an emphasis on the identification of edible and poisonous species. 
Further information and booking from www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/book or phone 0115 972 1777
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Fri - Sun Nov 1st - 3rd (weekend) Marvellous Mushrooms and Fascinating Fungi
A new course based at Madingley Hall run by the University of Cambridge to the west of Cambridge set in a Capability Brown landscape and offering a very high standard of food and accommodation. The course starts with dinner on Friday and runs to lunch on Sunday.
The 7 different sessions will include topics such as what are fungi, a fungal foray plus identification of our more common species. We will also examine edible,poisonous and hallucinogenic species - look at Quorn, penicillin and fungi in poetry and prose. A multidisciplinary course.
Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge CB23 8AQ  run by Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education see website for booking details www.ice.cam.ac.uk
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