Holly’s Forest Sessions.

fungiFOREST SCHOOL AND FAMILY WOODLAND ADVENTURES

in the Sudbury and South Suffolk/North Essex area: bushcraft, woodland crafts, campfire cooking, foraging, rope walks, flora/fauna identification, and shelter building!

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FOREST SCHOOL is …
child led outdoor educational sessions, all year round,in all weathers…

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HOLLY’S FOREST SESSIONS: Fantastic experience for children and families – getting creative, learning bushcraft skills, climbing trees, stream dipping…

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ACTIVITIES: include mini beast hunting, wood craft, cooking on a fire, rope walks, wild camping, bushcraft and more!

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Dan Wheals at the Quay

Greener Sudbury is delighted to invite you to the Quay Theatre on Tuesday 19th July 7-9pm for a talk by Dan Wheals, a fully qualified and practicing medical herbalist.

This will take place on the evening of Tuesday 19th July (7pm to 9pm) at the Geoff Kisby room on the top floor of the Quay Theatre.  Some of us have been to a previous talk by Dan and found it very engaging.  We’ll have a chance to try some herb teas and possibly venture out for half an hour to look at nearby herbs and gardening developments in the Quay grounds.

Admission is £4 from the Quay Theatre box office or on line.

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Dan Wheals is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and keen herb grower. Involved with local community gardens, green groups and transition town groups, Dan loves bringing community into his work as a herbalist. Community Herbal Medicine is about bringing the healing of herbs to people through medicine but also the power of shared experiences such as community gardening. Using Permaculture design and his experience with groups Dan will give a short talk about herbal medicine’s role in healthcare today and then take a herb walk to survey the areas intended for a community garden. Finally we will taste some freshly picked herb teas and there will be a chance for your questions.

Walk On The Wild Side…

Food from our hedgerows

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Nick Miller led an early autumn foraging walk at his wonderful property at Tiger Hill, near Assington, for Greener Sudbury on Sunday 23 August.
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This Site of Special Scientific Interest has a wealth of interesting plants and ancient woodland to explore, and participants enjoyed nibbling sour-tasting wood sorrel (good in omelettes), sampling the flesh of hawthorn berries (supposed to be good for the circulatory system), and smelling wild mint for a mood uplift!

Intrepid explorers!

A late summer/autumn list of foraging plants common in our woods and hedgerows is given below. These must only be picked and eaten if you are 100% sure you have identified the right plant, as many of our native species are poisonous. Do take care.

FOOD FOR FREE: LATE SUMMER – AUTUMN

FRUIT
Blackberry
Raspberry
Elder
Rosehips
Hawthorn
Sloe, Damson
Bullace
Cherry plum
Crab Apple
Rowan, Whitebeam

NUTS
Sweet Chestnut
Hazel
Beech

FLAVOURING
Peppermint
Hops
Hogweed seeds
Horseradish

FUNGI
Puff-ball
Boletus, Cep
Field Mushroom
Parasol
Blewit
Blusher
Oyster Mushroom
Ink-cap (not with alcohol)
Chanterelle

LEAVES
Watercress (must be cooked)
Wintercress

Remember, winter is a time for preserved food – dried, bottled, pickled, cured, jellied, sprouted or, of course, frozen.