Clinical Herbalism Tutors Secure Grant to Help Empower Communities Through Herbs

By Lincoln College

In a bid to reconnect people with nature and promote the benefits of herbal medicine, a group of three passionate herbalists have come together to establish Fenland Natural Health.

Led by Emma Barker, a lecturer at Lincoln College University Centre, Ghislaine, a clinical supervisor, and third member, Lois Cambell, this community initiative aims to make herbalism accessible and enjoyable for all. 

Fenland Natural Health was born out of the shared vision of Emma, Ghislaine, and Lois, all graduates of Lincoln. The trio met during their studies at the training clinic and decided to pool their knowledge and expertise to create a platform for herbal education and community engagement. Based in South Lincolnshire, the group organises monthly gatherings where participants can delve into the world of herbalism for £5 (which is re-invested back into the nonprofit). 

At these gatherings, attendees are treated to a warm atmosphere, complete with tea, biscuits, and lively discussions on various herbal topics. Each month, a different health-related theme is explored. Participants have the opportunity to sample herbal teas and tinctures, examine plants up close, and learn to identify medicinal herbs in their natural environment. 

"We want to reconnect people with the incredible medicinal plants that grow right on our doorstep" explains Emma Barker. "Herbal medicine has the power to support health and well-being, and we're here to spread awareness and share our knowledge in a fun and accessible way." 

The initiative recently received a boost with the approval of a National Co-Op Grant Fund, securing £1,000 to further their community outreach efforts. With another £1,000 expected in November, Fenland Natural Health plans to expand its activities to reach underserved communities and individuals who may not have considered herbalism as an option for their health. 

"Our goal is to empower people to take a proactive approach to their health" says Ghislaine. "Through hands-on workshops and engaging activities, we aim to demystify herbal medicine and inspire individuals to explore natural remedies as a complement to conventional treatments." 

Fenland Natural Health is not only about educating individuals on the benefits of herbalism but also fostering a sense of connection with the natural world. By creating a supportive community where knowledge is shared and curiosity is encouraged, Emma, Ghislaine, and Lois are paving the way for a healthier and more holistic approach to well-being in South Lincolnshire. 

As they continue to grow and expand their reach, Fenland Natural Health remains dedicated to its mission of making herbalism accessible, enjoyable, and empowering for all. 

If you are interested in studying herbalism, we’re still taking applications for our BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism degree here at Lincoln College University Centre.

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