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Chickweed & feta fritters

We had these delicious chickweed & feta fritters for lunch last week and they were wonderful.  Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a common plant in the UK and can often be found in fields and on waste ground.  We picked a load in the field next to our ancient woodland camp. Ingredients 50g of chickweed 300g […]

Chickweed & feta fritters


Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Mallow is a common plant in southern England and Wales and can be found along the sides of roads and railways as well as on waste ground.  As always, be careful if collecting near a road; we’ve found this plant in particular to take in exhaust fumes that you can taste in the […]

Colt’s Foot

Colt’s Foot (Tussilago farfara) A native to the UK, Colt’s Foot is a member of the daisy family.  It is unusual in that it flowers before it produces leaves.  We often find it growing alongside tracks near to our ancient woodland camp on disturbed and waste ground, although we’ve also found it along the coast. […]

Colt's Foot



Burdock (Arctium lappa) Found along woodland rides, hedgerows, verges and waste ground, burdock has useful herbal properties.   I wrote this post a few years back that highlights the differences between dock, burdock, primrose and foxglove, so take a look to make sure that you identify the right plant. Property : Bitter Constituent : Phenolic acids, Tannin, Mucilage, Iron, Sulphur, B […]

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Mellisa Officinalis) Lemon balm is from the same family as mint (Lamiaceae) and has the typical square stem of that family.  It also has a very pleasant lemony smell, giving rise to its name.  It can be found growing in sunny spots, often preferring well drained soil. Property : Bitter, Aromatic Constituent : Volatile oil, Flavonoids, Glycosides […]


St John's Wort ointment

St John’s Wort Ointment

Nicola makes various ointments all the time so we decided to share this simple method of making some St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) ointment.  It’s good for bruises and sprains, aches and sore muscles and can also be applied to sunburn.  So here’s what you need to do to make your own St John’s Wort […]