Foraging - sharing nature’s autumnal bounty
Foraging is about searching for food in the wild. Birds and animals do it all the time, of course. For us, it’s a marvellous way to reconnect with nature, get out into autumnal sunshine and gather some of the fruits of the hedgerows and woodland. The pleasure is not only getting food for free, but also the opportunity to engage our senses of touch, smell, sight and sound, and then produce something that great to eat. Puddings, jams, jellies, soups, syrups, cordials and wines - there’s lots of potential for creativity!
It is wonderful to harvest from nature and we want you to enjoy the experience, but let’s remember to do it in a responsible way:
- Pick what you know. There is much that is good, but there is some fruit which may result in an upset tummy or worse. If in doubt leave it or take a good wildlife guidebook with you.
- Go where there’s plenty and only take what you plan to eat. Choose hunting areas where the trees are laden with fruit, and do leave some behind for others and wildlife to enjoy. Remember many birds and animals depend on this food to survive through the winter.
- Minimise damage to the environment and yourself. Select bushes where you can reach the fruit easily and wear protective clothing, especially gloves if there are thorns. Please don’t trample down the vegetation and do wash all picked fruit thoroughly.