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Junior Herbalist Club (JHC) is a 2-year extracurricular course for children (aged 7-12) which runs for 90 minutes, once a month, for 10 months of the year. The aim of JHC is to help children learn about the healing plants around them in a safe and supervised environment. The children are taken on a journey of discovery, engaging all their senses with playful practical skills.

Junior Herbalist Club was created and developed by Medical Herbalist Mel Hornby and has been delivering herbal education to children in the UK since 2014. Mel qualified as a Medical Herbalist after completing a 5-year degree in Herbal Medicine in 2007.

After having two little boys of her own, Mel developed the JHC course so that she could share her passion for herbs with local children. Since then, JHC has developed and blossomed. With Leader Training Courses for registered Medical Herbalists being held each year, there are now over 30 official Junior Herbalist Clubs throughout the UK and Leader Training planned to go ahead in Australia in 2023.

In 2019 the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) became involved with JHC, and now proudly support the scheme across the UK. As well as actively promoting the scheme, the Institute maintain the register of qualified JHC leaders, and award the certificates to both Leaders and children.

In 2021 Mel was awarded The Christopher Hedley Memorial Award for Significant Contribution to Herbal Medicine in recognition of her development of the JHC education program.

Mel Hornby BSc (Hons) MNIMH

Founder

LYTHAM, LANCASHIRE Course Director - Junior Herbalist Club UK Institute Youth Engagement Lead

Sandra O'Neill MURHP

Course Leader

ULVERSTON, CUMBRIA

Chantal Perkins MNIMH

Course Leader

MARKET HARBOROUGH, LEICESTER

Kate Parker MNIMH

Course Leader

HAMPSHIRE

Davina Hopkinson MNIMH

Course Leader

DILSTON PHYSIC GARDEN, NORTHUMBERLAND

Zoe Power MNIMH

Course Leader

WALTHAM FOREST, LONDON

Kristine De Block BSc (Hons) MNIMH

Course Leader

CHESHAM, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Janet Hall MNIMH

Course Leader

AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND

Clare Lewis MNIMH

Course Leader

CEREDIGION, WEST WALES

Tracy Smith MNIMH

Course Leader

NORTH YORKSHIRE

Jennifer Holcombe BSc MNIMH

Course Leader

HOLBEACH, LINCOLNSHIRE

Katie Holden

Course Leader

WALTHAMSTOW, LONDON

Mandy Rickard

Course Leader

FAVERSHAM, KENT

Thalia Clay-McSherry BSc MNIMH

Course Leader

RETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Helen Procter MNIMH

Course Leader

HUNTLEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Zoe Wild BSc (Hons) MNIMH

Course Leader

LONGRIDGE, LANCASHIRE

Andra Oana

Course Leader

VIC, AUS

Sarah Hunter

Course Leader

NSW, AUS

Filiz Takar Dip.Phyt. MNIMH, MNHAA

Course Leader

VIC, AUS.

Christine Thomas

Course Leader

NSW, AUS

Caterina Miano

Course Leader

NSW, AUS

Sonya Byron BHlthSC (Naturopathy), BA, Cert Yoga Teacher, MNHAA, MGYAA

Course Leader

NSW, AUS

Virginia Maddock

Course Leader

NSW, AUS

Michelle Boyd MHSc WHM, BHSc Nat, Grad Cert HEd, FNHAA

Course Leader

QLD, AUS

Jeanie Morella BNat

Course Leader

SA, AUS

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  • Lytham St Annes, England, United Kingdom

  •  02/03/2024 12:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, East Brisbane - now booking for March 2024! Courses will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd March 2024. Venue and start times tbc. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  20/05/2024 09:00 AM - 24/05/2024 05:30 PM
  •   Park View Road, Lytham Saint Annes, UK

Leader Training for 2024. If you are a Medical Herbalist, you can train to become a registered Junior Herbalist Leader ©. The next comprehensive training course will be taught over 5 consecutive days: Monday 20th – Friday 24th May 2024 9.00am – 5.30pm. For further information see below, or contact: Mel Hornby MNIMH Course Director Junior Herbalist Club UK Tel: 07813 840394 email: juniorherbalistclub@gmail.com

  •  24/02/2024 02:15 PM
  •   531 Elizabeth Drive, Sunbury VIC 3429, Australia

Junior Herbalist Club, Sunbury, VIC - now booking for February 2024! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays, from 24th February. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  17/02/2024 02:15 PM
  •   125 Brossard Road, Mickleham VIC 3064, Australia

Junior Herbalist Club, Spalding - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays, from 17th February. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  17/02/2024 10:15 AM
  •   30 Roxburgh Park Drive, Roxburgh Park VIC 3064, Australia

Junior Herbalist Club, Spalding - now booking for February 2024! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays, from 17th February. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  16/02/2024 12:00 PM - 15/11/2024 12:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, North Bondi - now booking for February 2024! This course will be held on the third Friday of every month from 16th February. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  07/02/2024 10:30 AM
  •   34 Ultimo St, Caringbah South NSW 2229, Australia

Junior Herbalist Club, Caringbah South - now booking for February 2024! Two session will be held at 10.30 am and 4pm from Wednesday 7th February 2024. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  03/02/2024 12:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, Adelaide Hills/ Western Suburbs - now booking for February 2024! This course will be held monthly from February. Venue and dates tbc. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  02/02/2024 12:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, Blue Muuntains/ Western Sydney- now booking for Februarry 2024! Venue and full dates/ times tbc. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  02/02/2024 12:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, Mulgrave/Upway, VIC- now booking for February 2024! This course will be held monthly from 2nd February 2024. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  24/10/2023 08:30 AM - 28/10/2023 05:30 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

In conjunction with the NHAA, we are excited to announce JHC is coming to Australia! If you are a naturopath or Herbalist, you can train to become a registered Junior Herbalist Leader © The next comprehensive training course will be taught over 5 consecutive days: Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October 2023 9.30am – 5.30pm in Sydney, Australia For further details see below, or contact: Mel Hornby Course Director Junior Herbalist Club UK Tel: (+44) 07813 840394 Email: juniorherbalistclub@gmail.com or Christine Thomas Australian JHC Course Co-ordinator Tel: 0487 000 385 Email: christine.thomas@herbalextracts.com.au

  •  30/09/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Idle Valley Nature Reserve, DN22 8RQ

Junior Herbalist Club, Retford - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  29/09/2023 11:30 AM
  •   Pimp Hall, E4 7HR

Junior Herbalist Club, Chingford - now booking for September 2023! There are two sessions per day. These courses will be held monthly on Friday from 11:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  25/09/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Kite Studios, W12 9RY

Junior Herbalist Club, West London - now booking for September 2023! There are three sessions per day. These courses will be held monthly on Mondays from 10am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  23/09/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Y Plas, SY20 8DL

Junior Herbalist Club, Machynlleth - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  16/09/2023 10:30 AM
  •   Meeting House Lane, Ulverston LA12 9ND, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Ulverston - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  16/09/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Greenways, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2LE, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Eastleigh - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  16/09/2023 09:30 AM
  •   The Place, BD24 9RH

Junior Herbalist Club, Settle - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 9:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  15/09/2023 09:30 AM
  •   Eastman's Field, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AT, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Chilbolton - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Fridays at 9:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  14/09/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Amersham Museum, HP7 0DP

Junior Herbalist Club, Amersham - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Thursdays at 4pm. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below. Junior Herbalist Club being held at Amersham Museum, Bucks. Classes will be held on Thursdays, starting 14th September from 4pm.

  •  12/09/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Home Start, LE16 9BY

Junior Herbalist Club, Market Harborough - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Tuesdays at 4pm. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  12/09/2023 12:30 PM
  •   Hothersall Lane, Preston PR3 2XB, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Longridge - now booking for September 2023! These courses will be held monthly on Tuesdays at 12:30am and 2pm. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  09/09/2023 11:30 AM
  •   Park View Road, Lytham Saint Annes, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Lytham - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 11:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  09/09/2023 10:30 AM
  •   Meeting House Lane, Ulverston LA12 9ND, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Ulverston - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10:30am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  09/09/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Upper Wield, Alresford SO24 9RP, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Alresford - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturdays at 10am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  09/09/2023 09:00 AM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Junior Herbalist Club, Bentham - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Saturday at 9am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  08/09/2023 01:30 PM
  •   Park View Road, Lytham Saint Annes, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Lytham - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Fridays at 1:30pm. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  08/09/2023 10:45 AM
  •   The Forest Approach, Hartfordbridge, Hartley Wintney, Hook RG27 8AE, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Hartley Witney - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Friday at 10:45am. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

  •  01/09/2023 01:00 PM
  •   342 High Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6TG, UK

Junior Herbalist Club, Spalding - now booking for September 2023! This course will be held monthly on Fridays and Saturdays, from 1st September. If you are interested in your child(ren) attending JHC, please read the information below.

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