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Listening to the trees talking…

Over the weekend the anarchists came to stay.

Who could imagine that a couple of wild urchins aged two and four years old could cause such chaos in my house.

When I entered the living room arms brimming with plants, it was as if a burglar had deliberately trashed my pad.

My bliss-companion had been doing what she does best… child centred play. Read more…

Getting rooty with Burdock

I walked the valley this morning, watching as the mist slowly dispersed.

I love the quiet of walking in mist, it brings back memories of walking after a snow-storm. Even though I am currently living in a city, I have finally after many months (most of which I have been on the road teaching) settled on my gathering grounds.

With Autumn having taken hold, I feel a sense to gather wild roots.

One of of my favourite wild roots is Burdock. Both Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa) and Lesser Burdock (Arctium minor) make for fantastic eating.

No grunt food here, more delicious gourmet grub!  Read more…

Funky facts you need to know about rosehips

I hope you are enjoying this Autumn with its beautiful colours, which to me is a delight to see at this time of year. I felt and smelt this seasonal shift long before the signs became visible to the eye.

The wild trees, shrubs and bushes are laden with fruits, and this week I have been haunted by a recipe that I want to make.

I am yet undecided as to whether I will make it with hawthorn berries or rose hips. Without giving it away – I will share it with you once complete – it will however be very spicy and not the usual sweet dishes that hawthorn and rosehips are normally turned into.

When it comes to rose hips, I often get asked questions about these rosy fellow. My answers are below, so I hope they are of use. There are also links to a few of my previous rosehip recipes.  Read more…

This forager has a lot to answer for…

You may or may not know that I never intended to teach foraging. Back in 2008 I met a man called Frank Cook.

Frank was extraordinary. Not only as a plant walker, but as a human being too.

Much of what you hear and see regarding plants in the foraging world came from his work. His passion. His fully embodied love of plants, and the relationship we as humans have with them, and they with us.

Frank would travel the world meeting the plants and healers of numerous cultures.

He met them in Africa, Europe, South America, India and Nepal, and by the time of his death in 2009 it was estimated that he had met 70% of the plant genera of this planet. I have to tell you that is extraordinary!

He fed minds and inspired lives, and it was he who kicked me out the door and encouraged me to start teaching foraging. Back then you could count on one hand the number of foraging teachers. Read more…