Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Foraging and Feasting on the LizardA couple of years ago I was invited to do a piece on Radio 5 live about foraging for food from the wild. This was a live discussion with John Wright, author of the River Cottage foraging books. I think I was brought in to offer a counter argument, defending the rights of wild plants and animals to remain ‘un-foraged’ in the name of conservation. Unbeknown to 5 Live, I am also a keen forager and agreed with pretty much everything John had to say on the subject.
From a conservation point of view, so long as the countryside isn’t pillaged of plants, animals and fungi for commercial gain, then I can’t really see the problem in collecting nature’s bounty once in a while for personal use. If it brings people closer to nature, making them appreciate what unspoilt and well managed countryside can offer, then foraging can only help our conservation goals.
|Photo credit Dom Brandreth|
|wood sorrel (photo Jourdon)|
En-route we munched on wild water mint, water cress, pennywort, rock samphire and various other tasty, and not so tasty, herbs, leaves and flowers. Occasional stops were rewarded with other morsels I’d prepared earlier such as Water Cress Omelette, Ransom pesto, seaweeds and one lucky group was treated to a wee dram of bramble whiskey!
All in all a very successful series of walks, and as far as I’m aware, no-one was seriously poisoned.
Look out for some fungi forage walks later in the year.
Monday, 28 May 2012
|Class 3 showing their best miserable Victorian faces|
Last week the whole school came down to the Waterings Nature Garden class by class, as part of an ongoing partnership first established 15 years ago. Class 1 became bug hunters for the afternoon, and received a surprise visit from a giant hedgehog bearing gifts of badger, frog and fox masks!
Class 2 went on a Spider Safari, making their own 8 legged friends out of pipe cleaners and pom-poms, as well as having some close encounters with the real kind, courtesy of 'pooter' bug suckers.
Class 3 battled it out in 3 teams with a nature quiz, and then had a go at building shelters out of coppice poles, bamboo, and anything else to hand.
With all the hot and sunny weather we were glad of the shade!
We're happy to offer similar nature based fun to all Lizard schools, so please do get in touch if it appeals
Friday, 11 May 2012
For Flora Day this year, we were lucky enough to have Bella the 1971 VW campervan with us!
We were giving out leaflets about the local area and events, recruiting new members and chatting to people about volunteering with the National Trust.
Helston looked lovely in the May sunshine...
... and we also had a "how many people can we fit in Bella" competition!
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Walk for the Week with the Lizard and Penrose Team
The National Trust team at the Lizard and Penrose are planning another walking festival this year. For a whole week this May they will be holding a series of walks that highlight the natural beauty and diversity of the area. From identifying spring flowers at Kynance to foraging for your lunch in the wild, there’s plenty to experience on the walks.
|Kynnace beach from the cliff tops.|
‘There really is lots of incredibly walking to be done here,’ says Layla Astley, Visitor Services Manager. ‘Having our own walking event allows us to really show off the exciting and beautiful natural places we look after and gives us an opportunity to teach people about what we do to keep these places so special.’
‘Lots of people visit our properties to walk all through the year and want to know more about what they are seeing. This will be a great opportunity get answers to these questions from our experienced team of rangers,’ she adds.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Porthleven Food Festival was a great success this year, as we had free kids activities, which included making flying dragonflies, felt bracelets and elder/ bamboo necklaces.
Join us for other events like this throughout the summer, pick up a Lizard and Penrose events leaflet or visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lizard or /penrose