Izzy Bunting visits a garden in Derbyshire where organic techniques and biodynamics are benefitting people and wildlife
Habitats for wildlife
Top: calendula flowers. Above: workers at Weleda's gardens in Derbyshire
Top row: poppies; cornflower. Bottom row: echinacea; chamomile
Above: a view across the garden; Claire Hattersley, Head Gardener; calendula flowers
Above: bee on poppy flower
Five medicinal plants from the Weleda garden
Calendula officialis. Good for skin problems such as eczema and acne, as it brings order back to the skin, providing a protective covering against bacteria. It can also help to heal minor cuts and wounds.
Valerian. The juice from the roots of valerian is a natural sedative and the Victorians used to use it to quieten children! It's one of the ingredients in Weleda's Avena Sativa Comp drops, a natural aid to restful sleep and relaxation.
Lavender. This well-known cottage garden flower is naturally calming and relaxing. Lavender oil has been used for centuries to promote restful sleep, and can also relieve anxiety and depression.
Sage. This common herb can be used as a respiratory medicine for coughs, colds and sore throats and is also good for the digestion. It can be used to avoid excess perspiration, and is the key ingredient in Weleda's Sage Deodorant.
Birch leaves. Birch leaves contain high levels of vitamin C, have a rejuvenating effect and can be used to detoxify the body. The oil from the leaves is good for rheumatism, arthritis and other joint problems. It's also used to treat cellulite.
Little Green Space May 2017