With few wild plants surviving the UK’s recent dry weather, we’ve been forced to cancel our latest foraging class - it’s a worrying sign for all of us
Today this South Downs meadow is full of dry grasses (pic 2018)
Last summer the same meadow was full of wild herbal plants like Yarrow, Wild Carrot, Knapweed, Agrimony, Eyebright, and much more (pic 2017)
We’ve just cancelled a Foraging and Health class.
Six weeks of no rain have left the South Downs parched, with very few wild herbal plants to be found on the chalk grasslands where we planned to be walking.
I’ve spent the day on the phone to herbalist Lucinda Warner trying to decide what to do.
We talk about options but the land is just too dry to forage.
“There’s a few small examples of Plantain and Yarrow up there,” she tells me, but, “no St John’s Wort, no Agrimony, no Mugwort, no Eyebright…”
Nothing like the abundance of wild flowers we’ve found over the past few summers.
Here's a short video from the foraging session we did in Brighton, in March this year, with Mike the Forager.
Wild pigeon breasts were perfect with the nettle pesto that the group made. Foraging, wild food and wine tasting with the Brighton Wine Company
Wild samphire canapés prepared by @forage_brighton at our Foraging and Wine Tasting session with the Brighton Wine Company
Starting from the Queen Vic pub in Rottingdean, Jane took us on a Foraging Walk up to the Downs where we foraged in the hedgerows for
It was educational and a lot of fun.
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Mike the forager explains the difference between Sea Beet and Sea Kale, down at Seaford Head, at our Coastal Foraging with your Senses walk.
Lucy free pours Mayfield Gin into a participant's glass to finish off the Wild Smash cocktail that she taught us how to make on our Foraging Walk and Wild Cocktail Masterclass at The Queen Vic pub in Rottingdean as part of Sussex Gin Week
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On a recce for our Wild Cocktail Walk and Masterclass near Rottingdean with Jane and Lucy - the hedge witches. The class is on August 31st - tickets available here.
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On the way to meet Mike Cutting for our Coastal Foraging class
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Mugwort and Nettle seed salve made using foraged wild plants and prepared round the fire by herbalist Lucinda Warner.
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Herbalist Lucinda Warner took us on a journey through a wild meadow, and introduced us to:
Journeys by Design asked us to run a foraging walk around Firle for their team after their annual company meeting.
Foragers and hedge witches Jane and Lucy took the team along the lanes and fields from the Ram and into Firle Place, showing them a variety of edible wild plants, alongside tastes of deliciously refreshing elderflower cordial, and relaxing lime blossom tea.
A fun foragers quiz to finish.
Taking the Journeys by Design team on a foraging walk around Firle, with foragers Jane and Lucy Hedgewitch. This was a view of the South Downs from the path, on this beautiful summer's day.
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Hogweed and Ground Elder pan fried over an open fire by forager Sarah Watson at our foraging and wild food day for Acumen Business Club.
Add salt and a little lemon juice. Yum.
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Spotted on a site recce at Eridge Park for the We Work festival.
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