The reason behind creating Never Mind the Burdocks is to educate people in a better understanding of nature, survival and how we can protect nature and ourselves for the future. The more we understand the better equiped we are.
When you harvest wild food, only take what you can consume, leave plenty behind for wildlife to survive through harsh winters, etc and never damage or destroy and plant, animal or habitat. If you wish to uproot anything, you must have the landowners permission and only ever take roots of plants that are in plentitude. If you are harvesting shoots, leave plenty behind for the plants to keep growing and photosynthesizing. Use your common sense – leave the earth as you found it. The more people who understand this, the better.
What to forage?
Where to forage?
Award winning luxury farm cottages based on the outskirts of St Austell. For children aged 0-90, you'll never be stuck for something to do – ask Nanny Pat!
Boot Up! Barras Moor
Boot Up! is a fantastic outdoor learning space that is situated above Cornish Garden Nurseries on the A39 Falmouth - Truro road. A foraging walk around the site followed by a cook up in the polytunnel, you can't get fresher than that!
Clovelly Seaweed Festival
A timeless coastal village, in June they hold the annual seaweed festival – learn about the health benefits, try incredible food or buy seaweed-based products!
Driftwood Spars, St Agnes
In April 2015, Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes held 'A Walk on the Wild Side', focusing on a variety of outdoor events including a foraging walk by Emma Gunn followed by a fantastic foraged taster menu, cooked by their professional chefs.
An educational visitor destination based near St Austell, I can promise you'll come away from your visit with a deeper understanding about the importance of plants. Foraging courses run from spring.
Fish and Forage
Fish and Forage is a company set up by expert angler Richard Buck, to teach people how to fish and forage safely and sustainably.
Gaia Trust Treraven Estate, Wadebridge
Based above the river Camel at Wadebridge, I do a spring and autumn circular foraging walk that explores the surrounding areas. Run by the Gaia Trust, there's plenty to do on the Treraven Estate, from Nature Art to conservation work.
Gannel Ramble, Newquay
Take a stroll with me down the Gannel estuary, to discover the abundance of edible delights!
Once lost in time like Sleeping Beauty's castle, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is a beautifully restored working garden dating back centuries. From spring to autumn, join me walking through the estate and finish with tasty foraged homemade treats.
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.”
William Blake, 1799, The Letters
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