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Whitby's Physic Garden

The Dispensary is all about natural and whole health, so we were delighted to hear of the recent and first ever open day of Whitby’s Physic Garden. The land was once the Abbey’s monastic physic garden, used by monks to grow herbs for medicine and food, bringing healing and comfort to the local community. (If you’re interested in herbal medicines, we stock a selection in The Dispensary online shop or our physical shop on Hunter Street, Whitby.) The garden is in the grounds of Abbey House, which dates back to the 16th century and is now owned by the Youth Hostel Association.

During the past two years, a group of volunteers, The Friends of Whitby Physic Garden, have been working to restore the ancient garden, planting herbs the monks would have used, in addition to vegetable and fruit beds which provide produce for the Abbey Tea Rooms.

At The Dispensary we were particularly pleased to hear of the butterfly and bee border which has been created as part of the Physic Garden, as this is one of the simple ways that we can help to support a healthy bee population. We stock bee medicines (medicines from the beehive such as pollen and propolis) in The Dispensary shop. We also aim to raise awareness of the role of the bee in our lives and recently screened the award winning documentary “Queen of the Sun” which highlights the catastrophic decline in bees and how we can be part of the solution. See www.beearc.com for more information on work being undertaken to develop sustainable bee medicines and sustainable beekeeping at the Apiceutical Research Centre (ARC.)

Whitby’s Physic garden will be open to visitors to Abbey House and will also provide an educational resource for many visiting schoolchildren who will be given the opportunity to learn about horticulture, make plague bags from herbs grown in the garden and also learn more about the history of the site. 

At The Dispensary we were particularly pleased to hear of the butterfly and bee border which has been created as part of the Physic Garden, as this is one of the simple ways that we can help to support a healthy bee population. We stock bee medicines (medicines from the beehive such as pollen and propolis) in The Dispensary shop. We also aim to raise awareness of the role of the bee in our lives and recently screened the award winning documentary “Queen of the Sun” which highlights the catastrophic decline in bees and how we can be part of the solution. See www.beearc.com for more information on work being undertaken to develop sustainable bee medicines and sustainable beekeeping at the Apiceutical Research Centre (ARC.)

Whitby’s Physic garden will be open to visitors to Abbey House and will also provide an educational resource for many visiting schoolchildren who will be given the opportunity to learn about horticulture, make plague bags from herbs grown in the garden and also learn more about the history of the site. 

Whitby has its own 21st century manufacturer of herbal medicines. Nature’s Laboratory Ltd.  at Enterprise Way operate a 2000 square ft. factory and produce the UK’s largest range of herbal medicines to European Quality Standards. Find out more at www.herbalapothecaryuk.com.

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