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NEWS RELEASE No: 153915 APRIL 2012

Forage for a free lunch in Sherwood

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wild food expert Patrick Harding who says folk are heading to the woods in big numbers for a nutritious credit bunch

During the last war people not only dug for victory – they also foraged for it! And now one expert says more people are turning to nature and scouring the woods for a snack as interest in wild foods soars.

Former university lecturer Patrick Harding, from Sheffield, has been enjoying nature's larder for years  He explained:

“There’s been a big growth in interest and I’m seeing more and more people out in the countryside eyeing plants, fungi, leaves and berries. One obvious reason is to save money, but there’s also growing awareness of the need to eat low fat, nutritional food.” 

To cater for the growing appetite, the Forestry Commission is staging a workshop on natural foods and medicines in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, Notts, on 26 May. This time of year is good for salads with dandelion leaves making a spicy salad option, while wild garlic is a perfect wrapping to bake fish.

Patrick adds;

“In the Second World War people found substitute ingredients for everything from coffee to tea, beer and wine in woods. The Government even published a book to help identify edible fungi.  It’s good to see a revival.”

The event which runs between 11am and 3.30pm.  The cost is £25 and booking is required on 01623 822447. It is suitable of adults and children over 12 years old.

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