Living Medicine is a company limited by guarantee (no. 5205390) with charitable aims and objectives seeking charity status.
Registered office: 2-6 Cannon St, London EC4M 6YH.

Our trustees to date are:
Alex Laird BSc MCPP
Dominic Cole BA DipLA MLI FI Hort
Carolyn Steel MA DipArch RIBA
Arthur Potts Dawson RSA

Alex Laird BSc MCPP MNIMH Co-founder of Living Medicine, Herbal Practitioner
Alex is a medical herbalist and set up the first herbal clinic in hospital dermatology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, where she is tutor-practitioner to herbal BSc students. She also practises at The London Breast Cancer Haven. She is a council member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP), and formerly of the Aromatherapy Organisations Council. Originally a TV producer, she then worked as an aromatherapist for staff at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, with drug users and those with HIV while training as a medical herbalist. Her quest is how to create health in individuals and communities at all levels, physical, spiritual and environmental.

Simon Mills MA FNIMH MCPP Co-founder of Living Medicine, Herbal Practitioner
Simon is Project Lead in Integrated Self Care in Family Practice at Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health, Devon, and formerly Teaching Fellow in Integrated Healthcare at the Peninsula Medical School. He is Secretary of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP), the regulatory body for herbal medicines in Europe, and was Chairman of the British Herbal Medicine Association. A former President of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists, he was appointed by the Prince of Wales as Chairman of the Regulatory Working Group on his Foundation for Integrated Medicine. In 2000 he was Special Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Co-author of the modern classic The Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, Simon founded SustainCare, a CIC and network to promote sustainable self-care ( SustainCare includes the new international academic evidence-base, Plant Medicine (

Dominic Cole BA DipLA MLI FI Hort, Landscape architect of The Eden Project
Dominic is one of Britain's leading landscape architects of historic and contemporary schemes. He is the lead landscape architect of the Eden Project, and is a consultant for the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. He lectures and writes on landscape architecture, and has been Chairman of the Council of the Garden History Society since 2001. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Horticulture in recognition for his work at Eden and is on the Council of the Landscape Institute. In 2005 he succeeded Anna Pavord as Chairman of The National Trust Gardens Panel.

Carolyn Steel MA DipArch RIBA
Carolyn is an architect, lecturer and writer. Her work has focused on the everyday lives of cities, and she has run successful design units at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, and at the London School of Economics. Her lecture series Food and the City is now an established part of the architectural degree at Cambridge University. A director of Cullum and Nightingale Architects, she has completed several major buildings for the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her media work has included presenting on BBC TV’s 'One Foot in the Past', and she is a regular columnist for Building Design. Her influential and award-winning book, Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, was published in 2008 and was featured on a special edition of BBC R4’s The Food Programme.

Arthur Potts Dawson RSA
Arthur has been cooking for 21 years. He has worked with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Pierre Koffman and was Head Chef at the River Café before going on to restyle Petersham Nurseries Café and relaunch Cecconi’s restaurant. He then became executive head chef for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant. In 2006 Arthur created two sustainably-aware urban restaurants, Acorn House & Water House in London, where he teaches 10 young trainees a year in sustainable catering. He wrote The Acorn House Cookbook and writes for the Guardian food/travel section. His regular TV and radio appearances include Saturday Cooks and his weekly slot on Market Kitchen, along with BBC R4’s The Food Programme.

With thanks to
UnLtd Millennium Awards
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
for development funding

And for the support of
Mark Kelleher Head of BBC Marketing Operations & Technology, and Director of Transport 2000
The Soil Association
Slow Food London
Professor Monique Simmonds, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Andrew Mawson, OBE, Co-Founder, Community Action Network, and BromleybyBow Centre
Judy Ling Wong, OBE, Director, Black Environment Network
Prue Leith OBE and Gordon D’Silva, Hoxton Apprentice/Training for Life
Groundwork West London
David Kirkland, Nicholas Grimshaw Partners, architects of The Eden Project
Sue Minter, former Head of Living Collections, The Eden Project and Chelsea Physic Garden Curator
Lucy Neal, Co-Founder LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre)
Will Hobhouse Chairman, Whittards and Napiers
Dawn Sanders, National Foundation for Educational Research
Normand Park Primary School, Fulham
Jazz Browne, Nubian Life, BME Network, Hammersmith
Ken Martindale, Black British Heritage
Old Oak Community Centre, Hammersmith
Local Agenda 21, Hammersmith & Fulham
Sure Start, Hammersmith & Fulham
Prime Timers
Partners in Leadership, Business in the Community
Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, charity lawyers
Community Action Network (CAN)
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)

Website design: Ella Aboutboul
Website technology: Helmut Berns

The Eden Project
Community Action Network
The School for Social Entrepreneurs
Chelsea Physic Garden
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Association
Plant Medicine

With thanks for photos to:
Erick Vivas
Carol Sharp
Aoife Sheehy, North Haringay Roof Garden Project
Karen Liebreich, Chiswick Kitchen Garden
Jutta Wagner, Chiswick Kitchen Garden
Old Oak Community Centre Gardening Club
Jonny Chubb
Dominic Cole

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The abundant red poppy grows all over Europe and Asia. It is a gentle sedative, pain reliever and anti-spasmodic in coughs and catarrh, used especially for children and older people. Imagine the learning if every school had a garden and children grew, harvested and cooked the school lunch… Children at
Normand Croft Community School, Fulham, eat vegetables from theirs and even grew wheat, making bread and crumble from the flour!