Collecting goosegrass for tinder

I’ve been in the woods collecting goosegrass for tinder recently.  Goosegrass (Galium aparine) is also known as cleavers, sticky weed, sticky Jim and a host of other names.  It’s the stuff that sticks to your jumper!

It comes through early in the year and starts to die off  in late summer.  Once it’s dried out you can ignite it with a fire steel or use it in a tinder bundle.

We teach collecting goosegrass on our 2 Day & 5 Day Bushcraft Courses as well as the IOL Bushcraft Competency Course.

You can see plenty of photos from all of these courses on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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