Healing from the Medicinal Forest Garden

Become your own herbal apothecary

You can harvest and make your own herbal preparations from the forest garden! On this course you will find out about a range of botanical medicines that you can use for common complaints and a healthier lifestyle. A particular focus is the use of medicinal trees and shrubs as sustainable sources in the forest garden. With videos, activities, quizzes, information sheets and further reading, this course takes you through the key processes involved in successfully harvesting and preserving produce from the medicinal forest garden. Whether you are a gardener, grower, smallholder or farmer, this course will guide you in learning about making herbal harvests and remedies. Every sign up for this course helps to fund the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust!

Herbal Harvest Course Benefits

Quality and sustainability count on this course

  • Find out about threats to herbal harvests worldwide and the potential for growing and using medicinal plants, especially trees and shrubs

  • See the importance of accurate plant identification and getting the right plant!

  • Get information on a range of medicinal trees, shrubs and other herbs that have medicinal qualities

  • Learn about making herbal infusions and creating tea combinations, as well as making tinctures and extracts using alcohol and water

  • Use fresh and dried herbs for body and skin remedies, and discover ways of making herb powders and possibilities with capsules and pills

  • See how distillation is carried out, producing hydrosols and essential oils

  • Find out about demand for herbal products and upscaling the harvest, making a plan to develop a herb business

  • Develop seasonal harvesting, keeping records and samples

  • Use herb products safely and know how to find further professional advice

Meet Your Tutor

Learn with Anne Stobart

Your tutor is Anne Stobart, an experienced medical herbalist and herb grower. Anne previously managed a herbal medicine degree programme at Middlesex University in London. She has published several books including Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England (2016) and The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (2020). Anne was co-founder of Holt Wood Herbs, a medicinal tree and shrub project based in Devon, UK. The online harvest course is based on successful short courses that Anne has previously run at Holt Wood.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the course?

    There are 10 lessons, each with several videos, a download, an activity and further reading. Some people complete the course in a few weeks, while others prefer to take a longer period of a few months. You will have online access to the learning materials for a full 12 months from your enrolment.

  • What experience do I need?

    No experience is needed, just an interest in harvesting and using medicinal plants including trees and shrubs. All suggestions for activities include full instructions.

  • Must I be growing medicinal plants already?

    No, this course is about learning principles of good harvesting and making herbal preparations. So, it may be useful whether you already are growing plants or are planning to do so in the future. You may also find that some of the plants mentioned are available through foraging hedgerows and countryside.

  • What assessment is there in the course?

    There are no examinations or tests. The course does include activities and quizzes to help you get to grips with the content. All of these activities are optional.

  • How much does the course cost?

    The total cost of the course including online videos, reading, activities and downloads is £45.00.

  • Can I get help if I need it?

    The course is carefully structured to build up knowledge and understanding as you work through it. There are opportunities for discussion throughout the course.

  • When can I start?

    This course of 10 lessons and associated downloads and activities is all accessed online. So you can start at any time once you have signed up and enrolled for the course.

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About the Medicinal Forest Garden Harvest Course

Course curriculum

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  • 2

    Lesson 1. Herbal Harvest Bonanza

    • Herbal Harvest Bonanza Outline

    • Herbal Harvest Bonanza Video Part 1

    • Download Myrtle Information Sheet

    • Herbal Harvest Bonanza Video Part 2

    • Activity: Herbal Harvest Bonanza Quiz

    • Further Information on Tree Bark

  • 4

    Lesson 3. Good Harvesting Practice

    • Good Harvesting Practice Outline

    • Good Harvesting Practice Video Part 1

    • Download Information Sheet about Ash

    • Good Harvesting Practice Video Part 2

    • Activity: Quiz on Harvesting Practices

    • Further Information on Seasonal Harvests

  • 5

    Lesson 4. Fresh Plant Uses

    • Fresh Plant Uses Outline

    • Fresh Plant Uses Video Part 1

    • Download Medicinal Herbs

    • Fresh Plant Uses Video Part 2

    • Activity: Make a Fresh Herbal Preparation

    • Further Information on Using Fresh Herbs

  • 6

    Lesson 5. Preserving Medicinal Actions

    • Preserving Medicinal Actions Outline

    • Preserving Medicinal Actions Video Part 1

    • Download Siberian Ginseng Information Sheet

    • Preserving Medicinal Actions Video Part 2

    • Activity: Alcohol and Tinctures Quiz

    • Further Information on Alternatives to Alcohol

  • 7

    Lesson 6. Powdering and Pills

    • Powdering and Pills Outline

    • Powdering and Pills Video Part 1

    • Download Cramp Bark Information Sheet

    • Powdering and Pills Video Part 2

    • Activity: Start a Harvesting Record

    • Further Information on Percolation

  • 8

    Lesson 7. Infused Herb Oils and Balms

    • Infused Herb Oils and Balms Outline

    • Infused Herb Oils and Balms Video Part 1

    • Download Juniper Information Sheet

    • Infused Herb Oils and Balms Video Part 2

    • Activity: Make an Infused Oil

    • Further Information on Preserving Preparations

  • 9

    Lesson 8. Distilling Herbs and Waters

    • Distilling Herbs and Waters Outline

    • Distilling Herbs and Waters Video Part 1

    • Download Eucalyptus Information Sheet

    • Distilling Herbs and Waters Video Part 2

    • Activity: Distillation Quiz

    • Further Information on Hydrosols

  • 10

    Lesson 9. Upscaling the Harvest

    • Upscaling the Harvest Outline

    • Upscaling the Harvest Video Part 1

    • Download Good Agricultural Practice

    • Upscaling the Harvest Video Part 2

    • ACTIVITY: Do a SWOT Analysis

    • Download: SWOT Analysis Grid

    • Further Information on Seasonal and Organic Growing

  • 11

    Lesson 10. A Sustainable Future

    • A Sustainable Future Outline

    • A Sustainable Future Video Part 1

    • Download Fig Information Sheet

    • A Sustainable Future Video Part 2

    • Activity: Feedback Questionnaire

    • Further Information on Herbal Trade and Demand

  • 12

    Medicinal Forest Garden Harvest Extras

    • Really Useful Resources List

    • Forest Garden Harvest Recipes

More Benefits From The Harvest Course

  • Really Useful Resources

    Get advice and tips on the right sort of equipment and suppliers so that you don't waste time and money. Includes suggestions for sources of bottles, equipment, labels, packaging, and more.

  • Additional Recipes

    Obtain details of 50 further recipes for use with herbal harvests from a medicinal forest garden. These are practical suggestions, including use of perennial sources such as trees and shrubs, for bodycare, common complaints, and general health.

Here is what students say

  • What did you enjoy?

    Thank you so much for the course. I have enjoyed it ... The course has been user friendly and that is so important to me... I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it is well presented and the quizzes help to reinforce the information.

  • What did you learn?

    How to make things and what kind of ingredients to use... Preparation of herbs for distilling and infusions... A grounding to be able to harvest from my garden... Most useful for me has been information about oils and tinctures.

  • What will you do?

    I have confidence to make my own preparations... I am interested in developing a small scale medicinal farm and this has given me an overview of the topic... Making things to use at home for my family and friends... Myself and a group of volunteers have set up a forest garden ... I will use the knowledge gained from this course to pass on to other volunteers or interested visitors.

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