The Health Agency

Rhona Donaldson

Willow Garden Coordinator

I have been working as a community gardener with The Health Agency in Wester Hailes since 2014. My project, the Willow Gardening Project is a weekly volunteering opportunity open to anyone. We work collectively to support a wildlife garden in the Calders area of Wester Hailes.

Working both in the therapeutic field and food growing, a natural next step was to follow my interest in medicinal uses of our native plants. I have enjoyed in the past few years building on this knowledge with Grass Roots Remedies, and teaching others about the plants on our doorstep we can use therapeutically.  I have a particular interest in emotional and mental health having witnessed the transformational effect of connection with our natural environment.  Outside of all this I am a social justice activist with a love of pedalling the back roads of Scotland, climbing mountains, and ceilidh dancing.