Last Wednesday the 27th of July we held an Introduction to foraging walk at the Zero Waste Cafe in Shiskine.

Zoe, our lovely former shop development manager, led a group of 21 people on the walk from St Molios Church Hall in Shiskine. It took in the local area for an introductory guide to hedgerow foraging. A wide range of age groups, including some very inquisitive children, joined the walk.

Zoe showing the group how to identify sorrel on the foraging walk

We started in the gardens of the church hall where vetch flowers, sorrel and wild strawberries were identified. We then walked along the road and onto a farm track where we sampled nettles, silver weed, plantain, pineapple weed (which really tastes like pineapples!), red clover and more. Zoe gave some great insight into foraging philosophy; such as picking minimally and only ever when there is an abundance to ensure that the plants continue to thrive.

After the walk..

We made our way back to the Zero Waste Cafe where some of the foraged goodies were included in a pasta salad which had been made for the group. The salad also contained some delicious Arran grown peaches (donated by a cafe supporter) and broad beans from Woodside Farm.

The pasta salad which had local peaches and broad beans and sorrel, vetch flowers from our foraging walk!

Take part in our next walk!

The walk took around 45 minutes and was suitable for people of all walking abilities. We plan to hold another foraging walk with Zoe on August 17th which will be going from the Lochranza Zero Waste Cafe at the Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall. The walk is suitable for all ages and will be starting at 11.15am-12.15pm. If children under 16 are coming they must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will be easy going but will be along the shoreline so please wear appropriate footwear. To join this next Introduction to foraging walk please email to book your space!

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