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The 4th annual 'Celebrating Herbs' Festival will once again be held at Springfield Sanctuary from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2013!


The festival will provide talks, walks, demonstrations and workshops, as well as lots of opportunity for personal explorations of herbs. There will also be other activities going on throughout the weekend, including lunchtime musical interludes and evening impromptu musical concerts. Bring along your own 'party piece', or just be part of the audience!


There will even be members of Sky Symphony Kite Display Team on site to provide some rather different entertainment!


The 2013 HERB FESTIVAL will be held during the weekend 6th to 8th September. Just click this link for more information!


Latest Updates

HERB FESTIVAL - HOW TO FIND US! paragraph added to Festival page


UPDATES and slight change to Festival programme due to cancellation


2013 HERB FESTIVAL - 6th to 8th September 2013.


Sanctuary Apprenticeships - information updated and Year 3 option being added...


Workshop dates added for 2013 for Spring/Summer

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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, exploring, growing and harvesting Herbs


April 13 - Experiencing Herbs

June 1 - Experiencing Herbs

July 13 - Harvesting Herbs

August 10 - Harvesting Herbs

October 12 - 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 2013

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2013


March 30 - Spring preparation
Nov 30 - Autumn clear up

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Sanctuary Apprenticeships

A twelve month herbal apprenticeship starts in January 2013. 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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