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To the Hedgerows we go…Foraging Fridays!

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Wild Flower and Leaf Salad

A Dandelion you weed out of your lawn. Nettles growing tall out of a crack in the paving. An Elder tree you always notice walking down the road…There’s too much growing wild for us not to explore and harvest!

Here in Sipson we have a whole backland which has exploded in a most beautiful spring green, over the coming seasons every week, we will be exploring, learning, gathering, cooking, preserving, drying, brewing, drinking, eating Celebrating natures wild abundance at our Foraging Friday sessions at or around the Grow Heathrow site.

  • Gathering at 1pm fo lunch.
  • 2pm we will head out to the hedgerows, fields and forests surrounding the Heathrow villages, from the beautiful Cranford Park to Harmondsworth Lake – bring your foraging bags, notebooks and wild food knowledge.
  • Each week we will pick 1-2 plants to concentrate on learning where they grow, when to harvest, what to make with them, their medicinal properties, folklore and myth of these magical plants many people call weeds.
  • Returning to the Grow Heathrow site in the later part of the afternoon we will create something with what we have foraged; maybe an evening meal, a herbal Tincture, a pickle or preserve, syrups, wines, beers, teas….anything we want. Finishing at 5:30pm we will all take away a wealth of knowledge and a jar of something delicious to share with community, family and friends.

The common Dandelion we will discover this Friday

Starting this Friday 11th May at 10am we will start with a spring herbal tonic and a quick introduction to some ideas around wild food foraging.  At 2pm we will leave Grow Heathrow and discover the well know Dandelion with fresh eyes.

Taraxacum officinale, a common weed every child knows for its right happy yellow flowers and ‘clock’ seed heads which we can mainly find in grassy areas through out spring and summer. Did you know their flower buds make a punchy pickle very similar to capers and a their yellow petals make a lovely refreshing spring cordial? Well come and join us in making these treats and also learn of its abundant medicinal properties… a nettle and thyme soup for lunch?
With this knowledge we can all tap into the lives of our ancestors for who gathering wild foods and medicine was central to their lives, communities and respect for the wilderness. In our city lives we’ve lost connection with what’s growing all around us, no longer will we ignore and be frustrated with the ‘weeds’ we find in our garden – we will use them, appreciate their benefits, always for free.

To the hedgerows we go! Spread the word!

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Remember to bring waterproofs and good shoes if raining. Also glass jars are always useful.


One Comment on “To the Hedgerows we go…Foraging Fridays!”

  1. 1 Transition Heathrow » Blog Archive » And back from the hedgerows we come! said at 9:39 am on May 21st, 2012:

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