Hello Lovely people!
I hope this email finds you well and enjoying Spring?
For those who have contacted me about foraging or anyone who is keeping an eye out… sorry for the wait… however, here it is!
As a lot f you know, my winter job is Coppicing and Hedge laying. Well, its been a very busy Hedge laying and Coppicing season this year. What with the leaves dropping late last Autumn everything we had to achieve became a bit of a hurry, and we had a lot to achieve before the leaves came back on this Spring! A Whopping 11.5 hectares of Coppice was restored throughout Dorset and Wiltshire and nearly 1 mile of hedge was layed.
But enough of that! Its the foraging your here for! Now Spring has leapt into action there is a plethora of wild and tasty things to forage for. There is no excuse not to get out there and gather something wild to add to your dinner!
The first date for a Forage walk will be Saturday May 5th and will be held at in and around the hedgerows of GoldHill Organic farm in Child Oakford. Cost is £10 per person, spaces are limited so that you get the best of my attention.
The first Taster Day will be on Saturday May 19th when I will be focusing on gathering things which we can make free Booze from… Elderflowers, Gorse, Colts Foot…
Its a whole day submerged in Nature sampling her alcoholic delights and learning to make your own (hic) Cost is £50 per person & booking is essential!
Please have a look at my web site for more information on those and all the other foraging events.
You’ll find all the years dates listed there along with information about the venues. This year things have changed quite a bit. I will be expending into other venues to forage in more deeply in specific habitats. Take Goldhill Organic Vegetable farm for example, Last year I did a couple of days forestry on this delightful farm tucked away in the heart of the village. You can find out more about them here.
http://www.goldhillorganicfarm.com/events.html Being organic their hedgerows are packed to the gunnels with fabulous wild greens and herbs (the Horseradish is extraordinary!) There is also Holton Lee for fantastic seashore foraging with its wide ranging salt marsh and waters edge laden with sea weeds, a safe marine environment to harvest from. More information on that venue is here http://www.holtonlee.co.uk/
Robin Wood on the Wiltshire boarders supplied me with an abundance of fungi as it has a multitude of woodland habitats from Broadleaf to Conifer. As for Spring head in Fontmell, this is without question the most phenomenal venue for my wild flower meadow forages during the summer, the heady scent of sweet nectar and blowsy butterflies are not to be missed on a hot summers day!
Have a look, see what you think and let me know if you want to come play, I look forward to catching up with you over 2012.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information.
Warm spring wishes, Lucie
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