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Foraging in Southend on Sea

I didn’t think much about foraging until this year really. Apart from the odd nettle I cut to dry for tea or make into soup I was largely unaware of the abundance of wild food in an urban environment like Southend.

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It all started off for me with the Permaculture Design Course at Growing Together where I meet Carole

who after a 15 min stroll in the garden was coming back with a box of greens which I would not consider as food before. Add a bit of dressing and a story or two about the greens we ate I started appreciating there might be more to foraging then I thought.

As things go with all the other activities going on I didn’t have time to pursue my new found interest but it just didn’t want to go away.

Next Gill and her friends brought boxes of foraged goodies for the Food Swap again highlighting the abundance available to those who know for what to look for and than I meet a friend who was foraging for seafood on the East Beach.

I know where my interest is heading now, with the article I found on how to prepare UK snails (according to the expert they are all edible) beware my garden snails and for those of you who want to learn a bit more in a group there is the new Facebook group

Foraging for Food in Southend on Sea

and some people are meeting up soon for a foraging walk:

Who would be up for a seashore forage at East Beach? We could spend a little while on the beach collecting some of the mussels, oysters, crabs, limpets, winkles, cockles, clams etc and cook them there and then?

Let’s go for Sunday 20th November – low tide is at 13:24 and high again at 19:39 so we should have a few hours on the beach before water becomes a problem. If we begin collecting at around 1pm and start cooking at 2pm?

See you there! :)

Southend Scrumping – Mapping the fruit & wild food abundance in the Southend area.

With the harvest season nearly upon us, how can we make sure that wild fruit growing on public land in the Southend area doesn’t go to waste?    Successfully trialled in other areas around the country, community fruit mapping is a great way to share knowledge of where fruit trees grow on public land, making the most of the fruit that they produce, and ensuring that the fruit that these trees produce doesn’t just fall to the ground and go to waste.  The Southend Scrumping Map is a new collaborative project to map all of the fruit trees, and wild and edible plants in the Southend area, and we want as many people as possible to contribute so that, together, we can create comprehensive resource ready for us all to use every year. Fruit growing wild on public land is freely available, and can be used in jams and pickles, baking and juices. The Make it and Mend it website has some really useful information on how to get started in making your own jams and preserves, as well as other ideas on how to best use foraged food. So if you are a seasoned fruit picker and know of ‘hot spots’, if you know of any fruit trees or other wild edible or useful plants in the Southend area, or if you would like to be involved in compiling what we hope to be a comprehensive resource please contact Laura with a short description of the food source and its location (for example: apple tree, back garden, visible from Milton Road, near Canewdon Road) Happy foraging! Important note:  This map will list fruit trees found on both public and private land, so that we have an idea of the types of trees and plants which are growing in the area.  Exact addresses of trees found on private land will not be published (the map will just give the general area).  And always remember to be responsible in your foraging and make sure that you get written permission to pick fruit where it is needed!  Photo by Martin LaBar produced under Creative Commons licence

Add Southend’s fruit trees and food sources

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