It has been curated by Rushen Heritage Trust volunteer Christa Viohl, and features many of the area’s best-known wild plants, and some perhaps that are not so well known.
Christa said: ‘Some people may know all about a plant’s botanical aspects, but I think fewer people know about their edibility and healing qualities, not to mention the folklore that surrounds them. Most of these wild plants represented an essential part of our ancestors’ diet. Many were traditionally used for medical treatment, while others provided dye for fibres and wool, and some have a fascinating background in folklore.’
The exhibition includes quizzes and a tombola, with prizes kindly donated by: Bridge Bookshop, Port Erin; Clear Pharmacy, Port Erin; Erin News Newsagents, Port Erin; Ken Quine, Port Erin; Pamela Crowe; Port Erin Post Office; Shoprite; and other donors who prefer not to be mentioned.
Run by volunteers, Rushen Heritage Centre features a series of exhibitions each season, acts as a visitor information centre in collaboration with Visit Isle of Man, and sells Rushen Heritage Trust books, greetings cards, and merchandise. It also sells a selection of other maps and books about Rushen.
The Heritage Centre is open 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Entry is free, with donations always welcome.