Healing in the Fields and Forests
This was a four seasons project run for Forestry Commission Scotland. Contact Monica if you would like to run a special project in your community.
An intercultural and intergenerational project with the Nepalese community to promote interest and share knowledge on British and Nepalese plants and their cosmetic and medicinal uses, and to inspire a life-long interest in and love of nature and the great outdoors.
Creative Artworks – Joanna Boyce
Napiers the Herbalists – Monica Wilde
Nepal Scotland Association – Kishor Dangol
Gurkha Association Scotland – Tika Limbu
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Dr. Mark Watson
Albert & Fulmaya Harris
The Nepalese community in Edinburgh, like many ethnic minority urban communities, frequently does not venture out of the city and explore the native countryside.
The Healing in the Fields and Forests project brought together scientists at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, medical herbalists from Napiers and professional community educators to work with the Nepalese community, taking them out into forests and rural areas to experience our botanical diversity and learn about our use of the plants around us.
Through guided walks participants learn about the plants and their uses, with links made back to related plants in Nepal and how they are used there.
Workshops focus on a selection of plants and their uses, with practical sessions preparing medicinal tonics, creams, soaps, tinctures and syrups. Elements of plant classification, physiology and phytochemistry are often woven into discussions as they underpin the connections between the British and Nepalese plants and explain the medicinal and other properties.
Four 2-day events were held in 2010, one for each season. These have been very well attended, with participants from the Nepalese community spanning all ages and genders. It was particularly encouraging to have an active and engaged participation from teenagers.