Anne Stobart - Educator Profile


As an experienced clinical herbal practitioner Anne ran the professional degree programme for herbal medicine at Middlesex University, London, UK. She is also an honorary fellow at the University of Exeter. Anne has expertise in herbal history and the history of domestic medicine, publishing Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England in 2016. She has co-edited a book about herbal history research, and is a founder member of the Herbal History Research Network.

Anne grew up in London, UK, and benefited from the many green spaces of the capital city, from Kew Royal Botanic Garden to Highgate Woods and nearby Epping Forest. Learning about permaculture design proved a turning point for Anne and she is committed to using agroecological and organic growing methods. Anne supports the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust in encouraging others to grow medicinal trees and shrubs for sustainable harvests.

Qualifications and skills

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)


Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

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.


Areas of Permaculture Design 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. Most recently I have published The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permanent Publications, 2020) to encourage more informed design of projects, large and small, with healing plants.

Medicinal Forest Garden Trust Courses
Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas
Short courses are online so you can be anywhere!

Please contact me for details.

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