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Our 6th annual 'Celebrating Herbs' Festival will be held at Springfield Sanctuary from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2015 and we already have a full programme of talks and activities lined up!


To see what we have planned the programme of talks and activities for 2015 is available.


The festival provided talks, walks, demonstrations and workshops, as well as lots of opportunity for personal explorations of herbs. There were also other activities going on throughout the weekend, including lunchtime musical interludes and evening impromptu musical concerts.







Also, once again members of  Sky Symphony Kite Display Team will be on site to provide some rather different entertainment!


The 2014 HERB FESTIVAL was held during the weekend 29th to 31st August. Just click this link to see what we now have planned for 2015!


Latest Updates

LATEST VERSION of Festival 2015 Programme now complete - CLICK HERE to view


Summer and Winter Workshop Dates now update for 2015


pdf version of 2015 programme


Festival 2014 photos now available on Festival page


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'The Summerhouse herbal blues'

Amusement for those who attended the Festival - and those who didn't!

Double click the box above to see it in larger format on YouTube!

Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife

The day to day life of a Kitchen Herb Wife as she goes about work, social activities, and making many oils, tinctures and infusions. Also many interesting and useful recipes are presented with comments about their making and use.

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Herb Workshops 2013


Recognising, experiencing, growing and harvesting Herbs

March 8 Recognising Spring Growth
April 12 Experiencing Herbs
May 3 Experiencing Herbs
June 7 Experiencing Herbs
July 12 Harvesting Herbs
September 13 Harvesting Herbs
Oct 11 Roots and Wood

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Winter Workshops

A series of winter herb workshops will be held in Solihull before the Spring and Summer ones are held at the Sanctuary, and then late on after autumn brings the year's cycle round full circle.


November 9 Syrups and cordials

December 14 Creating medicines

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Sanctuary Calendars

We hope once again to produce our Sanctuary Calendars for 2014, but we will need an idea of how many would be required, to ensure it will be worth having them made. Please place a request with us before the Festival and we can then let you know if we have enough interest.


There are likely to be at least two different calendars available. You will be able to purchase them through PayPal.

Work Dates 2014

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2014


February 22 - Tree pollarding and pond clearance
April 19 – Spring preparation
November 22 - Autumn clear up

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Sanctuary Apprenticeships

A twelve month herbal apprenticeship started in January 2014. You are offered the opportunity to learn more about growing, harvesting and working with herbs to improve personal and family health and wellbeing.


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About the Sanctuary

A quiet haven overlooking the Rissington hills, Springfield Sanctuary offers an opportunity for rest and recuperation from life’s frantic pace.


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Follow the story of the Sanctuary over its early years. More recent activities can be found on Sarah's 'Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife' blog (see menu to the left of this page)


See photos of volunteers hard at work tidying the Sanctuary.

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Original work and recipes associated with the Sanctuary.


In this section you will find stories and poetry as well as articles.


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