Forage for wild garlic

Wild Garlic lining a woodland path

Take yourself on one of these walks during the springtime and you won't fail to notice the fragrant smell of wild garlic as you stroll through these woodlands that we care for.

If you’re walking through a patch of countryside where wild garlic grows your nose will alert you. The garlicky scent is hard to miss. This is a great way to get kids to engage all of their senses when out on a walk.
Wild garlic grows across the UK from late winter until the end of spring. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and taste milder than shop-bought garlic. When foraging, it’s important to only pick the leaves and flowers and not uproot the plant. Also avoid taking too much from one area.
Please note - wild garlic does look similar to lily of the valley, which is poisonous. The key difference between the two plants is that wild garlic always smells – yes, you guessed it – of garlic. If you’re in any doubt about which plant you’ve found do not eat it.

Here are some great places to find wild garlic:

Bluebells and wild garlic in sloping woodland at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry, NI

Downhill Demesne, Northern Ireland

This intriguing property and estate is packed with things to see and do. In the spring, don't miss the abundant wild garlic flowering.

Wild garlic growing at Erddig in Wrexham

Erddig, Wrexham

Erddig’s woodlands are choc-full of walking trails which wind their way between magnificent beech and oak trees. In the spring these pathways are lined with wild garlic – one of the highlights of the season.

A mass of wild garlic on Hall Walk at Fowey, Cornwall

Fowey Estuary, Cornwall

Wild garlic can be found throughout the Fowey Estate, particularly in the cool, shady patches of woodland. You’ll probably smell it before you see it – so don’t forget to follow your nose while you’re out walking.

Carpets of wild garlic in Ilam Park

Ilam Park and Dovedale, Derbyshire 

Explore Ilam Park and Dovedale in spring and you'll be greeted with far reaching views and fragrant spring wildflowers. Head along Paradise Walk and down to the river Manifold to see vast carpets of wild garlic, a truly sensory experience.

A fox sunbathes in a patch wild garlic

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

With the snowdrops and daffodils bidding farewell, bluebells and the bright white flowers of the wild garlic make their entrance in our beautiful woodlands. Take a stroll through Lady Spencer’s wood, and breathe in the tangy smell of garlic as it brushes past your boots.

Garlic in front of Parson's Folly at Newark Park

Newark Park, Gloucestershire

See, smell and taste wild garlic at Newark Park throughout April and May. A walk around the estate will take you past large, clumps of white flowers – adding a tang to your springtime stroll. On selected days throughout the season you’ll also be able learn more about these special plants and even taste some of our delicious wild garlic recipes.

Wild garlic at Prior Park

Prior Park, Bath 

Wild garlic is prolific in the gardens here throughout spring. The large, flat leaves start to appear above ground at the end of January, followed by white blooms around April and May. The plant favours damp conditions and is often found in woodlands, so Prior Park is the perfect setting.

The starry white flowerhead of ramsons known as wild garlic

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Plants like wood anenome, lesser celendine and wild garlic need to make the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the trees are in full leaf. Look out for them in the woods around Roseberry Topping during spring and early summer.

Tasty recipes for wild garlic