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Published June 2nd 2013
Take a Walk in Coldfall Woods with a Herbalist
Coldfall Woods is bordered by Muswell Hill Playing Fields, East Finchley allotments, the St Pancras and Islington Cemetery, and two residential streets, and sits on 14 hectares. It is one of five ancient woodlands in the area and has been proven to have existed since prehistoric times. The forestation consists mainly of oak, with a small amount of Hazel, Beech, Mountain Ash and Wild Service Tree. Since coppicing in 2006, the amount of flora has hugely increased and now includes herbs and medicinal plants such as borage,

Medicinal Plant Walk in Coldfall Woods
Borage (image courtesy of wikipedia)


Medicinal Plant Walk in Coldfall Woods
Smooth sow-thistle (image courtesy of wikipedia)

feverfew and verbena, the last of which is effective against vampires, but I'm sure you knew that already if you're a fan of the Vampire Diaries.

On 22 June Krishna Ramamurthy, a local herbalist, will be leading a guided walk of the woods as a means of introducing visitors to many of these natural medicines that grow in the wild. Part of a series of nature walks this one runs between 2pm and 4pm and costs nothing, although a donation of 3 would be greatly appreciated. You are advised to meet at the entrance on Creighton Avenue. Of course you will also be free to stay on longer and explore the woods further at your own convenience. Places can be booked online by contacting

Medicinal Plant Walk in Coldfall Woods
Map of Coldfall Woods (image courtesy of their website)
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Why? To identify medicinal plants and herbs
When: Between 2pm and 4pm on 22 June
Where: Coldfall Woods
Cost: Free, but a donation of 3 is encouraged
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