Forage for wild garlic

Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

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.
 
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:

Close up of wild garlic

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 lining a woodland path

Erddig, Wrexham

Erdigg’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 close up of wild garlic flowers and leaves.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Wild garlic scents the air in the woodland around the magnificent ruins of Fountains Abbey throughout March and April. You’ll also find it on the menu in the Fountains Restaurant within seasonally-inspired dishes.

Covington woods footpath, Devon

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.

Couple walking in the woods

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.

Undulating green fields with trees and hedgerow on the estate at Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Kent

Take a wander down the Dinas Dene valley at Ightham Mote, and find yourself surrounded by spring flowers. In April and May this is a great spot for wild garlic, so you’re sure to see – and smell – swathes of the pretty white blooms.

Walk through the wild garlic at Ilam Park

Ilam Park and Dovedale, Derbyshire 

Explore Ilam Park and Dovedale this month 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.

wild garlic

Lydford Gorge, Devon

The shady riverside of Lydford Gorge is the perfect location for wild garlic to grow. In spring the smell fills the air as you walk through the gorge.

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.

Bank of garlic flowers overlooking the Palladian bridge at Prior Park

Prior Park, Bath 

Wild garlic is prolific in the gardens here throughout spring. The large flat leaves of 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.

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.