Summer Workshops 2018

Summer Workshops 2018
                    We have a set of three outdoor workshops for the late Summer to offer you! Wednesday 22nd August, Outdoor Cooking with Rhiannon Saturday 25th August, Bench Making with David. There are more opportunities to do Bench Making with David, detailed here Thursday 30th August, Dreams ...

Stick Around 2017 – 2018

Stick Around 2017 - 2018
For 2017 - 2018, we have decided to make Stick Around a focus of our community fundraising. If you want to find out how your donation will be put to good use, you have come to the right page! Stick Around is our Forest Education programme for grown-ups. (Well, why should the children have all ...

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. ...