About Grass Roots Remedies

We are an Edinburgh based workers’ cooperative whose central philosophy is that herbal medicine is the medicine of the people and should be accessible to everyone. We offer a series of practical courses and workshops, run the low cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Medicine Clinic, a private clinic in Granton, the Blackford Glen Medicine Garden, and produce simple resources to enable folks to practice herbalism at home.

As a Co-op we are members of the Scottish Radical Herbal Network, the Association of Foragers, the Scottish Wild Harvest’s Association,  The Herbal Unity Collective, Herbalists Without Borders UK, and the American Herbalists’ Guild.

Our Members:

sorayaSoraya Bishop

After reading Ecology & Conservation at The University of Edinburgh, Soraya spent 4 years as a community gardener in Wester Hailes & Craigmillar, Edinburgh growing food & foraging with folk. Now part of Grass Roots Remedies Co-op Soraya works with community groups in & around Edinburgh running courses & workshops. With a love of growing food & foraging for it’s ability to ground & connect us she has also studied her Diploma in Herbology, Permaculture Design Certificate, & has a love for birds, the hills, cooking & creating.


Ally Hurcikova

Ally is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), and Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). She currently runs the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, providing low cost herbal medicine to local residents, and a private clinic in North Edinburgh. She is also part of the Herbal Unity Collective in Glasgow which provides a free clinic for refugees and people affected by the asylum process. Ally is a trained First Response in Emergency Care practitioner and is interested in where plant medicine and emergency medicine can meet. She is also a permaculturalist, gardener, social justice activist, forager, environmentalist and lover of plants and wild places.

Rhona Donaldson

Rhona has worked as a community gardener with The Health Agency in Wester Hailes, for the last 4 years. Working both in the therapeutic field and food growing, a natural next step was to pursue her interest in rediscovering the many medicinal uses of our native plants. With a degree in Ecology and the RHS certificate in Horticulture, Rhona will be involved in running workshops for community groups and developing new areas of the co-op.
Rhona has a particular interest in emotional and mental health having witnessed the transformational effect of connection with our natural environment. This has led to work with disengaged children and those suffering from anxiety and depression. Outside of all this Rhona is a social justice activist with a love of pedalling the back roads of Scotland, climbing mountains, ceilidh dancing and wild swimming.