Seasonal Foraging @ Littlewood

Introduction to Foraging, Plant ID and Local Food

Spring-Summer-Autumn 2024

with Lucy Bell and Georgina Kemmy

SESSION 1: **FOR BIODIVERSITY WEEK 2024** – SATURDAY 18TH MAY 2024

SESSION 2: SATURDAY 28TH JUNE 2024

SESSION 3: SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2024

  • Come and join us for a relaxing and hands on afternoon discovering some of our native species that grow wild in our hedgerows.
  • Learn some of the wonderful wild food and medicine available to us in the spring and early summer.
  • Gather around the fire and learn simple recipes to turn wild fruits and herbs into food and natural medicine for use in the home.
  • Light lunch and nibbles will be provided on the day.

A practical biodiversity session, discovering some of our native plant species that grow wild in our meadows and hedgerows, and then learn some of the wonderful wild foods and plant medicine available to us from these plants through foraging and wild cooking simple recipes on the fire.  

Workshop includes:  

  • Introduction to Plant ID
  • Seasonal foraging
  • Cooking on the fire
  • Medicinal properties of plants
  • Introduction to medicine making

More information on the 3 foraging sessions:

Spring: Spring foraging sessions will explore the spring growth of greens like sorrel, nettle, wild garlic, and young hedgerow leaves. We will talk about the importance of our field and hedgerow ecosystems, its biodiversity, and cover a simple introduction to plant identification, especially focusing on poisonous and edible plants.  We will make/cook a selection of spring themed recipes such as spring & wild garlic pesto from the greens and look at a simple spring tonic.

Summer: Summer foraging sessions will include looking at the summer blossoms such as may blossom, elder flower etc. We will talk about the importance of our field and hedgerow ecosystems, its biodiversity, and cover a simple introduction to plant identification, especially focusing on poisonous and edible plants. We will cook/make selection of summer themed recipe such as elderflower cordial and a summer themed tonic.

Autumn: Autumn foraging session will explore the autumn feast of berries. We will talk about the importance of our field and hedgerow ecosystems, its biodiversity, and cover a simple introduction to plant identification, especially focusing on poisonous and edible plants. We will make/cook a selection of autumn themed recipes such as blackberry drop scones, apple fritters, haw ketchup and medicinal recipes such as elderberry cordial.