I’m very lucky. I get to spend time in some of the most beautiful places about, bimbling along with my nose to the ground, searching for edible goodies and medicinal treasures. I’m often accompanied but groups hungry for plant based knowledge and willing to listen to me bang on for hours about the uses of these plants and trees.
One of my favorite places to forage along the north coast of Ireland is Cregagh Wood just outside Cushendun. It’s a lovely steep, predominantly Beech woods, with a whole host of other species, and a load of old historical structures such as a blacksmiths house an a souterrain. It also boasts a healthy red squirrel population, so if you’re lucky, and quiet you might get to see some.
I will be heading that way again for another foraging course later in the year so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Next week I will be in Cushendun itself talking about the value of plant use knowledge to the National Trust Rangers at there annual rangers conference, so I may see you out and about.