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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Everything is rosy in the Wolfe Tone herbal garden

IF STUDENTS of a herb-growing course in Wolfe Tone Villas ever go to Scarborough Fair, they'll certainly know what's what.

It was all parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme for a dozen participants of the course run by Wexford Community Health Project based in Wolfe Tone Community House.

Every Tuesday morning for 15 weeks, the students attended sessions on how to grow herbs and how best to use them in the home for health and culinary purposes.

The programme was jointly presented by qualified medical herbalist Ruth Chapman and Dr. Betsy Hickey.

Betsy showed how to grow and care for herbs while Ruth demonstrated how to harvest and process them into herbal remedies, teas and skin products.

The course participants built raised beds, sowed seeds, and planted herbs in the community garden at Wolfe Tone House.

Later, they made their own herbal remedies and skin creams to try out.

A day of celebration was held when the course ended, with a herb and ecology walk led by Ruth and Betsy.

The Wexford Community Health Project is planning new programmes for September.

If you are interested contact the co-ordinator Siobhan Hayden on 087 7633002.

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