Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th November when Michael Smythe will join us to talk about Phytology a project which brings artists and botanists together to explore the medicinal properties of plants that are common to derelict urban environments. It’s a public art project and urban medicinal garden planted within the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Generally regarded as common indigenous weeds, each plant has been selected for its on-going use in phytotherapy - the study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agent and traditional medicine. Visitors to the garden are invited to explore the Bethnal Green site, harvest and use the plants for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Phytology aims to challenge ideas of use, value, resilience and the function of wildness within our urban ecosystem.
Michael will discuss the process of establishing the Phytology project (locating the site, establishing the meadow, engagement & art program).
As usual we will be meeting in the hall at the back of St Margaret's House on Old Ford Road at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Free for members and £4 for non-members. Refreshments provided and possible even some baking. We appreciate a little donation in the tin if you have a glass of wine of course! We are also inviting people to bring their home made gifts and crafts so don't forget to bring some cash just in case something tickles your fancy.
EXCITING COMPETITION! - This month we will be kicking off our new monthly competition section like that of the Felbridge Women's Instiute of the Surrey Federation's 1976 programme and for starters we are inviting you to bring along your Best and Worst Holiday Souvenirs. Could be from this year, could be from another time gone by it's up to you and there will be a prize of some sort. Everyone welcome to take part (even committee members!)
Look forward to seeing you then