Tuesday, 22 June 2021

GP’s wife to start foraging group

SONNING Common could have its first foraging group.

SONNING Common could have its first foraging group.

Dawn Morris, of Newfield Road, wants to create a group of people interested in using the countryside to find plants, nuts, fruit and berries to eat or use to make wine.

She has previously made elderflower champagne.

Mrs Morris, whose husband Simon is a GP in Goring, said: “Rural families used to have to live off the land, they couldn’t just pop down to the supermarket.

“Many old recipes survive and I have built up a large collection which makes use of foraged wild foods.

“When I was nine my family moved to Calcot and there was a lot more countryside in those days. I loved wandering around looking at and learning about plants and berries that grew wild. By the time I was 17 I’d made my first elderberry wine.”

Mrs Morris is setting up the group with the help of Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre, near Wargrave.

He said: “It would be good to encourage more people to take an interest in foraging for natural food.

“My sons have grown up eating what they think of as strange foods but they are also healthy foods and I would like more young people to develop an interest.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved should email info@hhsheep.co.uk

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