In Celebration of Nettles


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This course is for anyone wishing to explore the wonders of the humble stinging nettle. Join us at the glorious setting of Liddy Ball Farm to experience the many uses to which nettles can be put, from a hot (or cold) herbal drink to the making of string.

Our aim is to send you away with an enhanced love for this much underrated plant and the knowledge of how to make the most of it. You’ll also take away the cord you’ve made to use at home together with some nettle dye work sheets and some of our favourite recipes.

Course Dates:

Time: 10am – 4pm

Price: £70 per person

Minimum age: 16



Celebrating Nettles – The stinging nettle is a much maligned underrated plant and its painful reputation makes it one that many people look to avoid, or worse destroy. Here at The Husbandry School we see the nettle rather differently, a wonder plant, super food and a fantastic natural resource.

You will start the day gathering nettles needed for the day’s activities and then processing the plants for the various uses that we’ll be covering. These will include the making of string, cooking with nettles, nettle tea both a version for us to drink and one to feed your garden plants and how to use nettle as a natural dye. We’ll also consider benefits of nettles to the natural environment and wildlife, and how we can use the plant sustainably.

You’ll be getting up close and personal with the nettle, stepping out around the farm and working outdoors so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. You may also want to bring a pair of gardening gloves.

Under normal circumstances, lunch and refreshments would be provided from produce grown at the Husbandry School. However due to the current government guidelines, we are asking course participants to provide their own lunch, snacks and refreshments.

About the tutor; Gideon Foster-Turner

Gideon joined the school as a volunteer, having taken courses with us in husbandry and spoon carving. His formal background is in industrial laser micromachining, however his passions involve the outdoors and anything to do with trees form the growing plant to hand carving wooden objects. With a keen interest in traditional craft techniques, he can often be found on the top of our Devon banks, billhook in hand during the hedging season.

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