The first Brighton walk of the new year, ever in fact, at long last!
Payments are now only accepted offline for this walk as we are currently having trouble with paypal. Please email us for details of how to complete offline payments.
Once again, we are going to sharpen our focus on those precious winter and early spring greens, many of them potential salads, whilst widening our gaze once more to get up close with our woody species, both shrubs and trees.
For any forager, knowing the silhouette shapes of plants from a distance can mean saving ourselves a sticky, tiresome trudge across fields. All plants produce a form and habit unique to itself, and the winter and early springtime are a great time to get to know the woody plants, as this is when they are naked, and bare their souls to those with an observant eye for detail.
Although some plants, such as the ash tree, birch, horse chestnut, and some of the willows are easily spotted from quite some distance away, it is often only when we look closely at branches, trunks, twigs and buds of species, say, in the oak genus (Quercus) or cherry and plum genus (Prunus), that we can tell definatively which species we are looking at. Also, at this time of year we can be thinking of tapping the birch and sycamore trees for thier sweet sap.
So on this guided walk with Christopher Hope BSc Med Hort, you will spend a lot of time closely observing some of our more common tree species, in order that the attendees can practice their identification skills, as well as noting the habitats that the plants under question are most suited to, or enjoy above others.
But we won't forget to closely analyse the readily available greenery, so vital at this time of year, or the emerging new shoots of the spring flowers that, given we dont plunge into arctic conditions for 4 weeks beforehand willbe allaround us. The greenery that is available is especially valuable at this time of year, because the vast majority of plants are dormant or may have succumbed to the frosty colder weather.
To only forage in the fair weather of spring and summer without having foraged in the winter, is to miss vital parts of the jigsaw...and your knowledge can never be as useful to you. So wrap up warm, and prepare to discover more vital secrets of the hedgerow!
Children under 16 can come half price on any walk...Under 12's can come for free with an accompanying adult, but all must be supervised.
Payment for the event can also be made offline, please email me for details.
Concessionary spaces for low waged / unwaged / pensioners are available for this walk and all others.
I look forward to seeing you there...