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Kirkstall Abbey Park – Medieval Gardening Talk

Do you love rare books, delightful plants or Kirkstall Abbey?  The three are combined in an entertaining and interactive one-off talk on 24 November at Kirkstall Abbey Visitors Centre, writes Iola Shaw.

You may be aware that the Leeds Library has many fascinating books in its special collections.  

In the collection are examples of beautiful “Herbals” books with illustrations of all the medicinal plants of their day and fascinating recipes, essential for herbalists growing and using them to treat people for hundreds of years. 

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The monks of Kirkstall would have been familiar with these as guides to both gardeners and medics, but most of us rarely get a chance to look at these today.

On Sunday 24th November the Friends of Kirkstall Abbey Park group are hosting a talk by Rhian Issac, Head of the Special Collections for Leeds Libraries, at Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre at 1.30pm. 

He will bring some copies of some of these texts and you will have the opportunity not only to hear about some of these fascinating items but see some up close. 

This is a pay-as-you-feel event in the Colonel North Room, funds raised to the Friends of Kirkstall Abbey Park. 

Information about the Friends of Kirkstall Abbey Park and how you can get involved from their Facebook group

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