The Hunt for Herbs project is encouraging 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. This began as an Esk Valley Railway initiative to encourage people to pick herbs on their way home from work or school to use at home. With funding from Northern they had herb boxes specially made for each of their stations along the line.
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.