Grow your Own Drugs (2009)

James Wong in his 'kitchen' with fruit and bowls of food in front of him

James Wong in his ‘kitchen’ © BBC

James Wong demonstrates how you can make your own remedies using natural sources.

Director: Bec Smith

Production company: Silver River Production

Kent Locations: Bedgebury Pinetum, Hop Farm

James Wong, an ethno botanist and gardener, presents this six part series. Using only plants found in the UK, he makes remedies for various ailments, beauty products to keep you looking young for longer as well as preparations to enhance your general well being.

James Wong presenting Grow Your Own Drugs © BBC

James Wong presenting Grow Your Own Drugs © BBC

The programme demonstrates how you can use plants found in your garden and local woodlands to make cheap and effective health aids for every day use. In the first episode James shows viewers how to make a natural face mask, a remedy for colds and how to use hops to help you sleep.

The programme visited Kent in September 2008 filming in the pine forest at Bedgebury Pinetum, in Tenterden and the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood.

James is no stranger to Kent as he obtained his MSc in Ethno botany from the University of Kent as well as at Kew Gardens. He is now a lecturer at the University.

Bedgebury Pinetum offers 2,600 acres of forest and woodland, thought to be one of the world’s finest collection of conifers. Bedgebury Pinetum has been used for various film projects and features in The Kent Film Office Promotional Film.

The Hop Farm is located in Beltring, near Paddock Wood situated in 400 acres of countryside. The site boasts a museum, children’s adventure playground, military vehicle display and farm animals.

The series is shown on BBC2 at 8.30 pm on Mondays.


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