Today’s perk: Hedgerow Medicine Walk

Today, we’re featuring Sonny’s Hedgerow Medicine Walk – come and join us for an educational and enjoyable walk in the woods on our land.


192-d.spero0002r.resizedWe are offering wild herb walks from our beautifully untamed land on the edge of Dartmoor where the 32 acre woodland includes a bounty of organic and wild, edible and medicinal plants.

Experience an array of wild herbs and learn to identify, harvest and preserve you own medicine chest from Mother Nature.

Our walks will include an introduction to sustainable and safe wild harvesting, a 2 hour forage and plant introduction, exploring their edible and medicinal properties and a chance to ask questions and share herbal success stories.

Join us by clicking on the image above or here – it’ll take you to the crowdfunding page, where this can be your perk in return for a £150 contribution to the campaign fund.


Remember, you can watch our film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page. For more about this part of the campaign to save our community and homes, read this blog post.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – together, we can make an amazing breakthrough for low-impact living in the UK!

 

Our hornet friends

This morning, Sonny shares the experience of living with hornets in the eaves of the house, and what a valuable opportunity it turned out to be…

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Steward Wood workshops at festivals…

It truly does feel like Spring is here! And with Spring, thoughts turn to longer days, sunshine and the Summer ahead. Here’s some of what Steward Community Woodland offers at festivals throughout the season…

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Sunrise memories

Today, before we get into today’s post, we’d just like to share the fact that over at the crowdfunder page, we’re now more than 60% funded, after only a week!

Thank you all so much for all your support so far – it is going so much better than we dared to believe when we were wondering in the autumn how we could possibly raise the money for our legal fees, and that’s all thanks to you. We are really deeply moved by all your donations and messages and efforts at spreading the word, and we give hearty thanks to all of you!

Meanwhile, this morning, Sonny remembers words from her eldest daughter, spoken 10 years ago…


sunrise behind Ollies DwellingThis beautiful morning view reminds me of something my, now, 17 year old daughter said when she was about 7:

“Mummy, when I opened my eyes and looked out of my window from my bed this morning, the wood smoke was lit up by the suns rays coming through the trees, I felt so lucky and it was so beautiful, I cried…”

Our three children have lived here in the woods for 11 years, most of their lives – we feel so much gratitude for this wonderful life and can’t imagine living any where else in any other way.


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!

Teaching the children

In today’s post, Sonny writes about teaching the children in Steward Wood. Not everyone here is home-educated, but for those that are, and for those who visit, the community is a powerful resource for education in many arenas.


Here is Merlin, our resident wizard, holding a Mad science day for the
wider community of home ed families here in 2012. 7 of our community children have enjoyed school-free living here at the woods over the last 14 years. Over this time we have held many home education sessions and gatherings for groups and our own children and covered a large number of fun and exciting topics…

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individuals to become who they truly are. Who know and trust themselves and respect and care for the natural world around them, taking responsibility for their impact on the environment with an understanding that they are capable of anything they put their hearts to. Living as we do at Steward community woodland has made it possible for our children to grow up together and also given them a deep sense of connection and belonging to this land and mother earth in a way that would not be possible living a conventional lifestyle. Please be a part of making this possible for the next generations of children here and nearby by supporting the fundraising effort to save us from eviction – click here or on the pictures to find out more…

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Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!

Nettle-infused cider vinegar

Today’s post is a simple recipe for you from Sonny – just in time for the young nettles of Spring!


Nettle-infused Cider vinegar

Nettles infusing in cider vinegar

Cram your spring nettles into a jar and cover with live, organic cider vinegar. Leave in a cool place out of direct sun light … After a few days the nettles will have reduced down and you can add more nettles.

Repeat as much as you like to make your vinegar tincture good and strong.

After 3-4 weeks Filter the vinegar through a sieve and feed the nettles to the compost heap. Take 2 table spoons 3 times a day in half a pint water for a spring cleanser and vitamin and mineral boost! In-Joy!! x Oh and this elixir will last for a year or more!


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!

Today’s perk – One Pot Wonder Balm

Today, we’re beginning our series of posts about the amazing PERKS we’ve got on offer to thank you for supporting us!


One Pot Wonder Balm

Sonny makes a range of healing balms and lotions and potions from the plants and herbs that grow at Steward Wood as – one of these is her famous One Pot Wonder Balm.

One Pot Wonder Balms are lovingly hand-crafted by us from our untamed Dartmoor woodland home. The finest organic, sustainably wild-harvested and home-grown herbs are gently infused in cold-pressed organic sunflower and olive oil before setting with beeswax from our sacredly-cared-for bees! A 100% natural pocket-sized one pot wonder balm for a multitude of first aid and healing requirements. Enjoy!

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Click on the picture above or here to go and claim your pot of this Steward Wood balm!

You can find out more about Sonny’s work at The Healing Hedgerow over here, or by coming on one of her Hedgerow Medicine walks (also a perk over on the crowdfunding site…)


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!