EP42: Medicinal forest gardens

In this episode, I talk with herbalist Anne Stobart, who set up the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust, about why we need to grow medicinal and food trees instead of just ornamental trees and shrubs.

Show Notes

About Anne Stobart

Anne Stobart is a medical herbalist, herb grower and historical researcher. Previously, she directed the professional programme for clinical herbal practitioners at Middlesex University, UK.

Her research interests span domestic medicine in the early modern period to present-day sustainable herbal medicine supplies.

She is a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Herbal Medicine and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Exeter, UK.

Her publications include Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permanent Publications, 2020).

Anne co-founded the Holt Wood Herbs project in Devon based on permaculture design principles, transforming a redundant conifer plantation into a thriving medicinal forest garden.

Currently, she is developing the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust and working with several groups on medicinal forest garden projects.

Her latest online course is on Medicinal Trees and Their Healing Properties.


  1. So lovely to hear Anne’s voice, she was one of my lecturers on the herbal medicine degree at Middlesex in 2001. At the age of 48, and with only
    O level biology behind me, I was very lucky to be offered a place on the course, but because I found the work so incredibly difficult I nearly gave up in the first semester. It was Anne’s kind and insightful words that helped me re-evaluate and I shall always be grateful to her as I graduated in 2007 with a 2:1. 15 years on, I feel I am now only just beginning to learn about plant medicines ? Lovely interview thanks Robin.

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