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Date uploaded: March 3, 2014

Phytology, a NOMAD & Cape Farewell project supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, brings artists and botanists together to explore the medicinal properties of plants that are common to derelict urban environments. Open the 26th April – 14th September 2014, Friday and Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, or at other times by appointment at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Middleton Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9RN.
Thirty-two species have been sown on a specially created site in the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Generally regarded as ‘just weeds’, each plant has been selected for their on-going use in phytotherapy and traditional medicine. The project invites visitors to explore the site, to harvest and use the plants for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Phytology aims to challenge ideas of use, value, resilience and the function of wildness within our urban ecosystem.

Phytology has been advised by ethno-botanist Dr Peter Giovannini, International Projects Officer for Kew Botanic Gardens.  He was recently part of a group of international experts on plants used by humankind that urged the development of a global program on the conservation of useful plants and associated knowledge.

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Drawing by Talya Baldwin

Drawing by Talya Baldwin