Classes on making herbal remedies

Race Course Estate resident Maureen Burrell ( right) adds a a herb to a salad being prepared with Claire Hutchinson of Groundwork North-East at an activities day for Houghton Race Course Estate resident at the Community Access Point.

Race Course Estate resident Maureen Burrell ( right) adds a a herb to a salad being prepared with Claire Hutchinson of Groundwork North-East at an activities day for Houghton Race Course Estate resident at the Community Access Point.

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RESIDENTS are learning how to make traditional herbal remedies as part of a new health scheme.

The sessions at Houghton Racecourse Community Access Point (HRCAP) include lessons in the health benefits of lavender, mint and peppermint.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and run in partnership with Groundwork North East (GNE), they are based at the Dempster’s Patch sensory garden.

Claire Hutchinson, senior project officer at GNE, said: “Throughout the summer, HRCAP will host six free sessions to teach local people about the health benefits of using herbs in cooking and everyday life.

“They also show people how to get a healthier diet by using more herbs and home-grown produce in meals.

“All the sessions will be practical and provide a great chance to have a go at snipping, chopping, cooking and tasting herbs and vegetables as well as planting and growing.”

The course will cover culinary uses of herbs, traditional remedies from plants, vegetables and fruit in our diet, and how to grow produce.

They will take place at HRCAP, Queensway, Houghton, every Wednesday, 2pm to 3pm, until September 19.

“All materials will be provided,” said Claire.

“Although visitors should bring warm clothes, as some of the session will be outside.

“Children are welcome, however under-eights must be supervised.

“Session places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.”

For more information, call 567 2550 or 553 4020.

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