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Following on from the highly successful workshops and foraging days of 2018, we have a whole raft of days to look forward to in 2019.

In chronological order:

Tuesday 9th April               Foraging with Liz Knight

Wednesday 24th April       Wild Gardening with Sue

Wednesday 1st May           Foraging with Liz Knight

Wednesday 22nd May       Organic Veg Growing with Sue

Monday 3rd June               Foraging with Liz Knight

Wednesday 19th June       Compost Making with Sue

Monday 1st July                 Foraging with Liz Knight

Wednesday 24th July        Compost Making with Sue

Tuesday 27th August         Foraging with Liz Knight

Monday 16th Sept              Foraging with Liz Knight

Wednesday 25th Sept        Wild Gardening with Sue

Monday 7th October          Foraging with Liz Knight

Monday 4th November      Foraging with Liz Knight

Liz talking birch sap and ox-eye daisies

Foraging with Liz:  Days start at 10am and finish at 2pm and include a mainly foraged lunch.  Cost £65 per person. Click here for more details.

Wild and tame

Wild Gardening with Sue:  Days start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm. Lunch included. £55 (20% discount for RHS members. Click wild gardening 2019 for more details.

The “Forestry Bin” as a major compost talking point

Compost Making with Sue: Days start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm. Lunch included. £55 (20% discount for RHS members. Click compost workshops 2019 for more details.

Organic and tasty!

Organic Veg Growing with Sue: Days start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm. Lunch included. £55 (20% discount for RHS members. Click veg growing2019 for more details.

I shouldn’t really be mentioning Christmas 2019 just yet, but Sue will be running a “make your own Christmas holly wreath” session in early December.  More details nearer the time.

The standard to aim for!

In addition to Sue and Liz’s days, we will be announcing some Forest Bathing Days with Carina Greenwood in the near future, once all the details have been ironed out.  In the meantime you can find out about Forest Bathing – or Shinrin-yoku to give it it’s proper name – here at Forest Bathe

Book up soon as all the days have limited numbers so that we can ensure that everyone gets really involved.

You can eat that??

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With apologies to our regular followers and newsletter subscribers, here’s Lucy Gaze’s report on the recent foraging day at Nant y Bedd, plus a little snippet from Liz’s blog.

 

Friday 18th May saw the first of 3 foraging days at Nantybedd, with the lovely and extremely knowledgeable Liz Knight of Foragefinefoods.

Liz waxing lyrical about Ground Elder

The day dawned bright and sunny and 6 guests (plus Sue!) turned up to a delightful treat of homemade nettle muffins with raspberry icing and topped with bird cherry blossom to fire them up for a 2 hour forage around the garden.

Nettle muffins – not at all stingy

We started in the potager, which fortunately Sue had left a couple of weeds in – for the purpose of this event of course! We sampled that ‘beast’ ground elder, discovering it was an excellent substitute for salad leaves, ate the aniseed flavoured flowers of sweet cicely and chewed on dock stems which were distinctly like rhubarb. We also sampled hairy bitter cress, a dead ringer for rocket and honesty seeds – hot and spicy! Liz provided a detailed and fascinating account of each plant with historical uses and key pointers to identification.

Rapt attention – noteboks and pencils at the ready

Stopping at Sue’s beautiful display of potted tulips, we made the surprising discovery that the petals are edible – and delicious, tasting rather like apples!

A second use for tulips

Crossing over to the house, we found other delights – sweet woodruff, which we picked to flavor our cocktails and pudding, along with apple blossom that had the fragrancy of rose petals. As we wandered along, Liz collected plants for our lunch and we continued to sample these strange delights that also included cultivated plants not usually known for their culinary delights – such as hosta leaves and sedum!

many hands ….

Basket full, we set up camp beside the wild pond, lit a fire and were then treated to a veritable feast – a rainbow salad of petals and leaves that we had collected, together with a potato salad and delicious home made vegetable frittata. Liz also sautéed hogweed, hosta and the shoots of hops and willowherb which tasted incredible! Washed down with a fruit cocktail infused with pine needles, lemon balm and fruit blossom and finished with a sweet woodruff flavoured milk pudding with pine syrup it was the perfect end to a fascinating and most enjoyable day.

Hosta, hop shoots and willowherb

All there is to say is thank you so much for a really memorable experience and can I come to the next one please??!

Sweet Woodruff flavoured pud, with pine sauce!

 

…and from Liz’s Instagram ”  … the ridiculously gorgeous Nantybedd Garden.  It’s a magical forest garden in the depths of the hills. …  Does Eden exist?  I think so, see the magic for yourselves”

Words by Lucy Gaze;  Pics by Lucy and Toni Greaves; compliment by Liz!