Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
“I think it is important to recognise the value of nettles and the role that these and other weeds play in the wider environment. I hope National Be Nice to be Nettles Week goes some way towards improving the image of the nettle.”

Phil Castiaux
CONE Project Co-ordinator



Nettles and People

Until the latter half of the 20th Century the nettle was regarded as a most useful plant. And just as the nettle has exploited mankind by colonising their waste areas, mankind has exploited the nettle using it for food, clothing and remedies.

Even today there is much research into the medicinal use of the nettle.

Nettles as foodNettles as food
Soups, stews, teas and all!
Nettles as medicineNettles as medicine
Treatments involving nettles, past and present.
Nettles as clothingNettles as clothing
Yes you can wear them too!
Nettles in the gardenNettles in the garden
Learn how to put nettles to good use in the garden.


Nettle Lore
 about Nettles
 about Wildlife
 about People
    as food
    as medicine
    as clothing
    in the garden
 in the news
Nettle Week
 Get Involved
 Fun and Games

Did you know?
Cloth made from nettle fibres was used as a substitute for cotton to produce German Army uniforms during the First World War.
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