Northumbria Region U3A

21st Century Northumbria Herbal

Plant Walks on the Wild Side

The 21st Century Northumbrian Herbal is being revised and re-launched to focus on the plants that grow in the wild in this Northumbria Region.

The intention is to undertake walks in our area and to identify what plants and herbs are to be found on those walks. It is hoped that this project will appeal to a range of interests from walking groups to photography and art groups, from history groups to botany groups … and also develop inter- and intra-U3A collaboration.

The attached file: Aydon Castle Walk explains more about this project and shows an example of what could develop, for example a pamphlet or book should be easily achievable.

Plant identification is often a challenge but I am happy to carry out workshops to help with this and to explain more about this project.

If anyone wants further details, has suggestions or ideas, or wants to put their name down for a workshop, please contact me:

Anne Larvin click name to send email, or phone on 07944 635 753


Earlier Information

.March 2019 Newsletter.
Health Benefits of Indoor PlantsHeroic MedicineLocal Sources of Information
From The ArchivesWebsites listCarol-Herbal Booklist


Please have a look at the other information on the following sub-pages:

Herbal Walks and Misc Herbal


Herbal Newsletters 2018

April NewsletterJune NewsletterOctober NewsletterGardens to Visit

October Newsletter

This issue of our newsletter includes articles, write ups and photos of workshops (past and future), walks, gardens created and gardens visited and the history of 2 famous botanists and a world famous condiment.

There is a short article about a "Hapa-zome and Plant Dyeing" workshop. The full report can be found on the Misc Herbal page.

The following is a very small extract from just one of the articles:

Durham Mustard

In Durham, the monks are said to have been grinding their own mustard seeds since the early 15th century. And then came Mrs Clements …..

In 1720, a Mrs Clements of Durham ground mustard seeds like flour which removed the husks and produced a strong-flavoured mustard. It is thought that Mrs Clements business was in Fleshergate, now the site of Vennels Cafe Durham.

After her ‘Durham Mustard’ became popular with King George I (reigned 1714-1727), it’s fame spread throughout the country. According to an old saying from the 18th century, Durham City was famed for seven things - wood, water and pleasant walks, law, gospel, old maids and mustard.