Anne Stobart

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01363 777531
About me

Qualified consultant medical herbalist based in Devon. Research interests in history of herbal medicine, has a PhD from researching seventeenth-century healthcare. Teacher-trained and has considerable experience in adult, further and higher education. Permaculture-trained and much experience as an organic grower. Publications include The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (2020) and Trees And Shrubs That Heal (2023). Developed the Devon-based project of Holt Wood designed to cultivate and harvest trees and shrubs sustainably for medicinal and other uses. Offers online talks and courses in designing and harvesting a medicinal forest garden through the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust.

Educator experience

My first design for a medicinal forest garden was a plan for the Millennium Green at Sandford in Devon. After some time out working on Holt Wood I am now returning to this project at Sandford and adapting the planting for the ongoing herb group to manage it.

Holt Wood Herbs was a design project for transforming a redundant conifer plantation and growing a range of medicinal plants for use in a consultant medical herbalist practice. Over 15 years I and my partner gained much experience and evolved the design as a vibrant medicinal forest garden.

Over the years I have advised on growing herbs in numerous talks ('Medicinal Herbs in Your Garden') offering suggestions for sustainable planting and harvesting. See The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permanent Publications, 2020) to develop more informed design of projects, large and small, with healing plants. For more about healing properties of medicinal trees and shrubs see Trees And Shrubs That Heal (2023).

Educator skills

Herb grower - techniques for growing and harvesting for herbs and trees and everything in between.

Teaching and learning - my day job has been in education for much of my career, including teacher training for working with adults.

Research - I feel strongly that quality research is vital, have taught a range of research methods programmes.

Herbal medicine - materia medica and herbal therapeutics, knowledge and skills as a practitioner.

Herbal pharmacy - knowledge and skills in making herbal preparations from quality control to products.


Educator qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Redland College, Bristol University,1975)

Permaculture Design Course (with George Sobol and others, 1992)

Diploma in Herbal Medicine (School of Herbal Medicine, 1993)

MA Women's Studies (University of Exeter, 1997)

PhD History of Medicine (Middlesex University, 2008)