A CONSULTATION has been launched over plans to form a public garden full of medicinal herbs, shrubs and plants in Newbury.

The plans were proposed by Newbury Town Council earlier this month, and is expected to be situated in the green space at Old Hospital Green, Andover Road, where the 'Binary Conversation' sculpture can be found.

Fran Lawton, volunteer and garden designer, said: “The idea of a medicinal garden on the site of the old hospital was a very natural decision.

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"To keep up with this theme the layout of the garden was inspired by antibodies.

"The inherent shape of the antibodies allows the immune system to recognise millions of different antigens to defend and protect the body”.

The plants expected to be placed there include Witch Hazel, Comfrey, Echinacea, Ladies Mantle, Cat Mint, and other medicinal plants, which have been used historically to treat ailments spanning from anxiety to inflammation.

old Hospital Green, Newbury

old Hospital Green, Newbury

Cllr Jon Gage, Chair of the Green Spaces Working Group, said, “We are excited to be able to plant this type of garden area at Old Hospital Green with something a little bit different.

"We’ll be planting some of the well-known herbs, such as thyme, lavender and sage, along with some lesser-known herbs.

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“The plants will be labelled with their botanical names, so visitors can have a look and see what has been planted.

"We thought it fitting to dedicate the garden to the NHS, particularly throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, and as the area was part of the old Newbury Hospital site it is an ideal location.

"Of course, these plants should not be used without proper medical knowledge and will be planted for everyone’s enjoyment to look at and should not be taken away and used for any purpose."

If the consultation is passed, planting is expected to begin in April.

To take part in the consultation scheme, visit newbury.gov.uk/the-council/public-consultations/.