Growing Trees with the Woodland Trust

By Gavin

Earlier this week, my free tree seeds from the Woodland Trust arrived. So I got up early this morning and starting growing trees. I can’t wait to see the results. Woodland Trust tree varieties Apparently, the seeds include Rowan, Dog Rose, Alder Buckthorn and Holly. Although there did seem to be a lot of seeds.…

Sneaky Chickweed

By Gavin

If you read all there is on the internet about Chickweed, you could be forgiven for expecting to trip over the stuff every few minutes. Maybe I’ve just been unlucky, but apart from having a tiny patch pointed out to me in January, I’ve seen none of it. Chickweed spotted On my way to Mudchute…

London Plane Tree (Platanus × acerifolia)

By Gavin

Whilst the London Plane tree is of no use when foraging for food and drink; And as far as I’m aware, not especially useful for bushcraft; given that it accounts for probably half of the large trees in London, I think it’s worth being able to identify, if only for the purpose of elimination. Environmentally…

Pesky Alexanders

By Gavin

I’ve been on the lookout for pesky Alexanders for a while now. Mostly because I’ve read about how widespread they are, and about how they came to the UK with the Romans as a food stuff. Anyway, I’ve had a few moments where I’ve thought I have them, but then I’m not sure. The difficulty…

Identifying Trees in Winter

By Gavin

Please note: This article was originally posted on www.totallywilduk.co.uk Identifying trees in Winter is hard. It isn’t too bad in Spring, Summer and Autumn; But during the winter, when there are no leaves, flowers or fruits on show, it’s pretty awful. Why trees? What has that got to do with foraging? The obvious reason is…