Urban Mudlarking in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve – May 27th 11-1pm

Over the summer months our Resident Artist Ellie Doney will lead a series of public ‘digs’, urban mudlarking, excavating, analysing & archiving found materials.

Dig 1: Sun-prints and Flipbook Animations | Saturday May 27th 11am – 1pm (Sold out)

This method of early photography captures the shadow or trace of an abject, which we will animate by creating a little blue flipbook. We begin with a guided dig and foraging session on site for a range of items old or new, natural or manmade, to make a series of sun-prints or Cyanotypes. We will then bind our prints into one-off little flipbook animations of the materials of Phytology to take home.

Location: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street London E2 9RR View Map

The workshop will be followed by a free shared lunch from 1-2pm. Please feel free to bring some food to share!

Find other urban mudlarking workshops throughout the summer here:

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Phytology Herbal Medicine Workshop Saturday 20th May 11-1pm

Focus: herbs for allergies, respiratory system and for stress, anxiety and depression.

Introduction to phytology‘s herbal meadow and the plants main herbal constituents. Explore how to pick and dry herbs seasonally and how to make your own synergistic tea blends and infusions.

Phytology’s summer workshops offer an introduction to the native plants growing in the medicinal meadow alongside practical information about how to use these herbs safely and effectively in the home for many different ailments.

Please join us from 1-2pm for a shared Phytology lunch – bring along food to share!

Date and Time:  Sat, May 20, 2017 | 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street London E2 9RR View Map

Eventbrite - Phytology Herbal Medicine Workshop: Herbs for BALANCE



The course is run by qualified medical herbalist, Molly Maitland.

Bats in Bethnal Green – Evening Workshop

Discover bats in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve


Phytology is launching a new bat sanctuary project – extending the natural resources of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve to accommodate an urban bat population. The development of the bat sanctuary is the natural next step in our ongoing biodiversity improvement programme.

Over the spring and summer months our resident bat specialist Olly Edmonds, will be hosting a series of public events exploring the world of bats in the city:

This evening workshop will focus on the importance of Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for bats. Visitors will get the chance to learn more about the Bat Sanctuary project, why and how bats are awesome little mammals that happily live around us and what we can use to listen and experience them on our doorstep.

Following a vegetarian dinner over a campfire, we will sit and listen for bats which may be using the reserve. Melanie King a multi-disciplinary artist and curator from Lumen at St John’s Crypt, will be setting up her telescope pointed at the night sky and will discuss the close interaction between the moon and the natural world.

When: 7.30-9.30pm / Meet: At the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve (Middleton Street)

Eventbrite - Discover Bats in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Wrap up warm and bring a torch for an evening that reveals how nature never stops once the sun goes down.

Phytology Campfire

Phytology is an artist & community led project exploring the use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban ecosystems.

Launched at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in 2014, Phytology is part physic garden; part cultural institute; part urban wilderness; and a platform for collaboration between artists, musicians, writers and a wide variety of community groups.

Opening Times

Saturday 11am – 6pm

May 6th – September 2nd, 2017

For more info: info@nomad.org.uk

Phytology Launch 6th May @ 4pm


Phytology re-opens at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve on Saturday 6th May 2017

Phytology is an artist and community led project exploring the value and function of wilderness within the urban ecosystem.

Located in the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve; Phytology is part physic garden; part wilderness; part cultural institute and a platform for research and collaboration between the arts and sciences.

Join us for celebratory drinks
4pm – 8pm

The Phytology physic garden re-opens for 2017 featuring projects by Kathrin BöhmTalya BaldwinBatsEllie Doney,Lumin, Lucy McLauchlanDJ SimpsonSam Wallman,ToothpasteVOICEDVhils, & live music by Victor Vox.

For more information on our upcoming program visit www.phytology.org.uk

Call out for Volunteers – Summer 2017

BGNRT Volunteer call out

Who:  Open to all backgrounds and ages (children to be supervised by parents / guardians). No outdoor experience required.

What: After full induction, you will be assisting us with the set up, upkeep, and harvest of medicinal herbs at Phytology in the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Tasks include: pre-opening set up (library, artists studio, site wide litter pick), watering meadow, harvesting herbs, preparing herbal teas, weeding, planting. In exchange we offer a supportive and open space to learn and share knowledge on plants, and herbal medicine. Shared free lunch from 1-2pm.

When:From the 13th of May to the 2nd of September 2017. Every Saturday morning between 10-1pm (this can be flexible) – Shared Lunch 1-2pm.

How: For more info and to get in touch – email info@nomad.org.uk / info@bgnrt.org – or feel free to come and see us at the site and say hi!