A Helensburgh herbologist hopes to help locals “see plants in a different light” through her guided walks in Cardross woods.

Friends of Geilston, which runs Geilston Garden, has invited back herbologist and Helensburgh local Nicky Brownrig to lead two foraging walks in Cardross woods – opposite the garden - on Saturday, May 27.

Graduating with a degree in Herbology from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Nicky wants to show the variety of plants growing on residents’ doorsteps.

Nicky said: “I find the woodland area by Geilston Burn really enchanting and a delight for the senses.

“It’s brimming with herbs - well over 40 - and I’ll be focussing on the more common ones which people will be able to find for themselves elsewhere.

“I love it when participants discover that common plants - which they previously may have viewed as weeds or passed by without a second glance - actually have a myriad of historical uses, from making fritters to flu remedies and furniture polish.

“I hope people will be intrigued to come and find out more and see plants in a different light.”

At the end of each tour, participants can eat and drink produce made from the plants found in Cardross woods.

Nicky hosted walks for the group in 2022 which were well received by participants, leading to Friends of Geilston organising more guided walks.

A group spokesperson said: “We have re-booked Nicky as her walks received excellent reviews last year.

“Participants told us that her walks were fun and informative.

“The foraged food and drinks she served at the end were an added bonus and were judged to be surprisingly tasty!”

The walks are suitable for older children and adults and are held at a slow pace making them accessible for different abilities.

To find out the timings of the walks and to book a place, email geilstonfriends.events@gmail.com.