Q: When is a weed not a weed? A: When it’s a medicinal herb.

Monyash Road allotments in Bakewell enjoyed a visit from local Medical Herbalist Frances Burton earlier this month. Frances opened the plotholders eyes to how common weeds and herbs on the allotment could be used as medicine for lots of common ailments.

From eczema to constipation , there was a cure growing under our feet. Frances opened up an ancient world of medical knowledge and showed us how to make a brew of lavender flowers and lemon balm leaves which were delicious.

It was a great start to a series of talks on the allotments funded by a Five Ways to Wellbeing Grant!

The grant scheme is still open, but be quick as the closing date is Wed 30th Sept!

The aim of the scheme is to increase the understanding of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ by people in the Derbyshire Dales. Broadly speaking, the Five Ways are a way of coping with demands and challenges, particularly relevant at this time.

Applications are welcomed from any voluntary or community group in the Dales including registered charities and community interest companies, which might offer something such as activities or support, be they in person or via Zoom, or even a one-off presentation about the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000.

There are guidelines to the small grants scheme which explain each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing more fully and how a community project might include or address them, as well as an application form. If you would like a copy please contact Derbyshire Dales CVS on 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk