For her first time leading a walk Kim took about 15 of us on a foraging tour of the park and surrounding area, supported by Wes and Diane.
Before we started Kim took us through the responsible foraging guidelines: Foraging Guidelines - Woodland Trust:
- Minimise damage
- Seek permission
- Know what you're picking
- Only collect from plentiful populations
- Leave plenty behind
- Do not collect rare species
As well as the usual fruits to pick we also founds out about edible herbs and wildflowers, plants which most of us walk past all the time without noticing.
Kim is hoping to do more foraging walks around the year, when different fruits are in season. You’re welcome to forage in the park at any time but please follow the guidelines above and most of all STAY SAFE.
Massive thank you to Kim for leading the walk and to Diane and Wes for supporting. Thank you to Lisa for writing this blog and taking the photos, and to the whole Friends of Manor Fields Park group for their ongoing support of the park!
There are some great foraging resources online, here are a few to get you started:
Woodland Trust Month by Month Foraging Guide
Wild Food UK website
Eat Weeds Foraging Guide / Website