elder plant

Elder flower, dried for tea and flavouring

Elder flowers can be picked in May and June, don't pick anything from any busy road side as the chances are the plants will be contaminated. Be careful when picking the flowers to make sure you don't damage the plant...Read More

wild plum

Sloe (wild plum) for sloe gin

Sloe, Prunus spinosa or spiny plum or black thorn are usually ready for picking in September or October (depending on the weather that year and what area you live in) a long with hawthorn berries, blackberries, crab apples, and rose...Read More

juniper berries

Juniper Berries, disappearing in Britain

Since the Mail Online article was written in 2010 (see below) the juniper situation has improved some what. The conservation charity Plantlife Project to save juniper from extinction in lowland England, planted 300 juniper seedlings at nine sites where existing...Read More

hawthorn berry

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn Berries are found in hedgerows and can be harvested in September to October depending on how the weather had been during that summer. If you look at the image you will see the berries, check out the shape of...Read More

rosehip

Rosehips, vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & more

Rosehips can be found in a hedgerow near you, they grow wild, are free and versatile. It has thorny branches as you would expect and the flowers are white or pink. They are amazingly rich in vitamin C, it is...Read More

leaf and root

Dandelion, good for skin conditions to hepatitis

This is a video of the dandelion taken from BBC's The Private Life of Plants documentary series. Of course, we all know the dandelion and most gardeners don't particularly like them. But they are well worth collecting as dandelion has...Read More

hedgerow

A country walk, hedgerow fruits, 4 recipes

Crab Apples, Elderberries and Blackberries Don’t collect fruit or herbs etc from the road side due to possible contamination. Take walks on the bridle and public foot paths away from the traffic. Elderberries must be cooked before you consume them...Read More