Hunt for Herbs

The Hunt for Herbs project aims to encourage people along or near the route of the Esk Valley Community Railway line to investigate the use of herbs, both wild and cultivated, in the past and the benefits of growing more herbs in the future.

Why herbs?

“The word ‘herb’ has been used for centuries to describe plants with medicinal, culinary and aromatic properties, many linked with well-being and sacred rites.”

Rosenfield, R (2002) Herb Gardens RHS

Many herbs have flowers that provide nectar for insects that pollinate other plants, such as bees and hoverflies. Due to modern agricultural practices there are fewer flowers in our hedgerows and fields.

When members of  Whitby Naturalists asked a speaker from the charity Bee Ed, what single thing individuals could do to help bees and other pollinators. Her answer was that they should plant herbs!

How many herbs do you use when you cook, to help you when you feel ill or are in the toiletries you use?

Find out more about wild and cultivated herbs along the Esk Valley lineHerb collection April

The Hunt for Herbs project is organised by Moor Sustainable CIC with help from Esk Valley Railway Development Company. In autumn 2017, Esk Valley Railway arranged for herb planters to be delivered to each of the stations along the line as part of their project in becoming the ‘Herb Line’. The planters were funded by Northern Railway. They want to encourage people to pick herbs on their way past for use in cooking.

The Hunt for Herbs project is funded through the Land of Iron programme with the support of the North York Moors National Park Authority, Heritage Lottery Fund and David Ross Foundation. The Land of Iron programme has the vision that by 2021 the landscape and ironstone heritage of the North York Moors will be in better condition and better cared for, will be better understood and valued by more people, and will have a more sustainable future.

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