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NEWS RELEASE No: 1460410 MAY 2011

Wild and free in Sherwood! Event sheds light on rustic remedies and foods

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A visit to Sherwood Pines Forest Park promises to be a real tonic for nature lovers!
The Forestry Commission is staging a unique event on Saturday 14 May to revive ancient lore on herbal medicines and natural foods growing in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) wood, near Clipstone, Notts.

Once upon a time Sherwood Forest supplied many of life’s necessities, from building materials to fuel.  But it was also a key source of medicinal ingredients and wild food.

Putting people in touch with nature will be expert and broadcaster, Patrick Harding,  He explained:

“To some extent we have forgotten the herblore and wild food knowledge that was once part of everyday life. What was thought of as old wives' tales once now has a real basis in science and plants remain the basis of many modern medicines. There’s a rekindling of interest in the field, which fits well with modern notions of health living and nutrition.”

Rustic remedies found in the wood include chickweed, good for making a balm for dry skin, silverweed to prevent blisters, and mint excellent to improve digestion.  Meanwhile, a free seasonal credit brunch menu could include sorrel soup followed by a salad of dandelion leaves with nuts and garnished with St George’s mushroom – a spring fungus – all washed down by elderflower cordial.

Ranger Lindsay Brown added:

“This will be a chance to tap into knowledge built up over thousands of years and enjoy a fascinating walk and talk from a real expert in the field.”

The event costs £20 and runs from 11am to 3.30pm.  Booking is required on 01623 822447.

Note to Editor

Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  To find out more got to

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