Highbury Harvest stories and pictures

Highbury Harvest stories and pictures
                      Right from the word go, we had a great team on board to help produce this event. Angela, Margaret, Saifer, Amjad, Esther and Clare had all been part of the planning group back in July. On the day Richard and Kathy were up early ...

Recipes

Recipes
This is our collected recipes page, organised by season. Most contain some foraged ingredients, often found in Highbury Park. Here is some common guidance on foraging: BE SAFE: Ensure you have identified the plant correctly. Avoid foraging near busy roadsides where petrol fumes will contaminate. Avoid plants growing close to the ground where animals may ...

Forest Education for All Ages

Forest Education for All Ages
Forest Education isn't just for kids. It's for everyone! The great outdoors is a wonderful place to feel calm, make friends and learn all kinds of new skills - whatever your age. Our Forest Education activities include our sessions with families, workparties for adults, and walks for well-being. We hold regular dates for most of ...

July: Elderflowers and Limetree flowers

July is an abundant month for flowers. This year the ELDERFLOWER has done very well in Highbury Park. Right now, it is at it's best. Pick now in the sunshine, or wait till next year. See our tried and tested recipe. The LIMETREE FLOWERS are abundant right across Birmingham and should also be blossoming about ...

Nettle Soup 1

Nettle Soup Use only the young green tips of the nettle stems. The best ones will be found in March/April, when the stems are still very short and the whole length can be harvested. Always avoid old leaves (which incidentally make an excellent compost).  Use rubber gloves when harvesting, to avoid nettle rash. [Normal foraging ...

Blackberry Junket 1

I do love blackberry and apple crumble, but have been looking for new inspiration for using balckberries. I found this one in Richard Mabey's Food for Free. It's so simple, it could be made outdoors immediately after foraging.   Pick very ripe blackberries, the riper the better. So look for the ones at the tip ...

Wild Garlic

Use wild garlic, or Ramson, as you would any other garlic and include chopped young leaves for extra nutrition. It is milder in flavour and makes a lively addition (crushed and raw) to creamed or cottage cheese. Even two year olds have eaten my garlic cheese spread. And of course it tastes far better outdoors ...

Elderflower Champagne

For a refreshing drink that tastes of summer, look no further. And it's so easy to make, you won't be tempted to procrastinate and miss the weeks of flowering. We made Elderflower Champagne yesterday at the orchard. It's that easy. This recipe is from my trusty "Boxing Clever Cookbook"  by Jacqui Jones and Joan Wilmot. ...

20 for 15, plus music, and soup

Sunday 15 April - Compost Moving Day. Today produced our highest turnout for the year, and has got us about half way to our goal of covering the northern half acre with 6 inches of compost. Twenty people turned up to work, and several more came by to say hello, along with several toddlers. Those ...