Urban Herbology is:
The natural world has always deeply fascinated me – we are part of it and need to respect it. I express this through teaching, writing and being in green spaces.
My professional background is in science and special education, herbalism, permaculture and nature education. Outside of paid work I am involved in creating urban foraging sites and increasing food sovereignty.
I was raised in a farm house on the edge of Bristol, surrounded by brambles, rosehips, rabbits, birds, cows and moon daisies. My love of life led me to become a geneticist and then a biology teacher. Alongside, I dived into the world of herbs and natural therapies, studying everything I could find and speaking to everyone I could, who had knowledge to share. During the past 25 years I have studied herbalism in the UK (non-clinical Diploma in Herbal Medicine) and the Netherlands (Kruidengeneeskunde hbo), Wise Woman herbalism with Susun Weed and Glennie Kindred, Permaculture with Patrick Whitefield and Permaculture Visions (PDC), Horticultural Therapy with Thrive. I also have 20 years experience as a practicing Reflexologists and Yoga teacher. I am now working towards the Permaculture Diploma (PD), specialising in urban permaculture, small scale forest gardens and permaculture in education. I am a member of The Herb Society, Association of Foragers, Association of Reflexologists (MAR), and Complementary Medical Association.
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In 2010, I began Urban Herbology as a way to help others to learn about living in harmony with nature within cities. I began blogging about foraging, local herbs and food sovereignty. Locals started to ask me for walks, then workshops and then courses. I love to do all those things and have met many fabulous city people from around the world along the way! Many of my students have gone on to teach themselves or to incorporate knowledge into their ethical businesses. I also started the River of Herbs community gardening group in 2012, as a way to help more people learn how to grow edible and medicinal plants for free.
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