Rooted in the local community
We are committed to providing opportunities for local people to interact with herbs and each other in a social way. We organise free community workshops and events that are open to all as well as working in partnership with local organisations to help increase our reach.
Mental health and wellbeing
We regularly run a 6-week Herbal Craft course at the Centre for Better Health, a community-based charity that supports wellbeing and recovery from mental ill-health. The course shows participants how they can incorporate herbs into their lifestyle under the themes of mind, body and home. We are also working with City and Hackney Mind to deliver therapeutic Herb Gardening and Craft courses. The sessions are designed to be inclusive and interactive with attention placed on creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment.
So far we have delivered 8 courses engaging 79 participants.
Training and Education
We are passionate about teaching people about the wonders of herbs. From our own personal experiences we find the best way to learn is by doing. We provide a number of opportunities for people to get involved with the project through volunteering. This ranges from giving us a hand at one of our growing sites, helping us package up new blends to supporting us at one of our events or workshops. We also offer a herbal trainee scheme for those wishing to advance their skills and expertise.
So far we have been supported by 123 volunteers and 5 trainees.
We think that herbs act as a great way to celebrate diversity and we are always fascinated to learn new recipes and stories from different cultures. We are building a collection of herbal stories from around the world captured through our herb map which comes with us to all our community events.
So far we have collected: 48 herbal stories