The Roots Diary
Blogging Workshop

Blogging Workshop

In December last year we held a blogging workshop with some of the members of The Roots. It was a lovely opportunity to introduce some of those taking part to this website and the world of blogging. Everyone had the chance to explore this blog, revisit some of the other events they had taken part in, browse...
More Chelsea Physic Garden!

More Chelsea Physic Garden!

Some more photos from our wonderful (if slightly damp!) trip to Chelsea Physic Gardens last year.
How to Use Herbs

How to Use Herbs

There are so many different ways herbs can be used. For one of our herb talks we put together this list of some of the many forms herbal remedies can take. Which ones have you tried? Infusion – fresh or dried herbs covered in hot water and steeped for a few minutes. Ususally used for leaves...
Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

At the end of September, we took a trip to the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden. London’s oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants. The day was a great chance to wander through the lovely gardens and have a...
Herb Gardening at Art in the Park again!

Herb Gardening at Art in the Park again!

Some more herb gardening at Art in the Park back in September!
Chickweed

Chickweed

Have you heard of chickweed? Chickweed is a little known herb thought to have a great variety of medicinal uses. It is also an edible plant which can be used in cooking or to make teas, (in tea form it is supposedly an excellent acne wash). And with its high content of vitamin C, calcium,...
Herb Garret Visit

Herb Garret Visit

In September we took a trip to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret near London Bridge, where we were given a fascinating talk on the history of herbal remedies. We were also able to explore some of the beautiful, 300 year old rooms in the old Saint Thomas Hospital where herbs and medical equipment was stored. Thank...
Dandelions

Dandelions

You may think the dandelion is a lowly weed, and although it is often regarded as a pest by gardeners, the dandelion has many beneficial uses! Historically, the dandelion has been used for a variety of medical purposes and even today many people praise its curative properties. The root of dandelion can be used for...
The Roots Talks at InSpire

The Roots Talks at InSpire

On August 14th, as part of our programme of events The Roots held a series of talks at the InSpire community space in Walworth. These talks spanned the history of the local area, the history of G. Baldwin & Co and herbs and home remedies. We also had a poetry reading, quizzes, hand massages, sarsaparilla...
Ginseng

Ginseng

Traditionally regarded in China as the ‘Herb of Aging Emperors’ due to its high price and exclusivity, ginseng is a perennial plant with fleshy roots, which has been used all over the world for thousands years to improve peoples’ health. Luckily it’s much more widely available today! The root (and sometimes the leaf) is the part of...
A Walk in Burgess Park

A Walk in Burgess Park

In August, for the second workshop with Art in the Park we went on a Wild Herb Walk around Burgess Park. Burgess Park in Walworth is a beautiful space filled with wild herbs and plants which can be used for both cooking and healing. As we wandered through the park we learnt about some of...
Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera seems to be everywhere these days, in sun creams, drinks, toothpaste, make up, soaps and even toilet roll! Although there are over 200 varieties of Aloe, it is the Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera) which has been been most commonly used for its medicinal properties. The Aloe leaf is made up of four...

The Roots was a Southwark Pensioners Centre project, run in partnership with Julia Honess and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, about the story of Walworth Road-based G. Baldwin and Co. Working with volunteers from the local community, the project tells the story of Walworth Road based G. Baldwin & Co, one of the oldest and most established herbalists in London, and the many customers who have frequented the shop over its long history.


For more information, images and interviews please contact:
Julia Honess
Project Manager
Phone: 07960318055
Email: juliahoness@hotmail.com