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    Fresh produce

    For the last few weeks I have been taking my daughter out every day for a walk in a grassy park area near us (literally a stones throw away - where you can see Deer and woodpeckers etc), and today I decided to go post a letter (post box is on the other side of the park.

    Today on my walk I came across the following

    Blackberry bush
    Raspberry bush
    Strawberry bush
    Cherry Tree
    Fig Tree
    Pear Tree
    Apple tree
    Radish plants

    This has made me VERY happy as there is nothing nicer than really fresh fruit and I can go and pick it when its in season.

    I already picked most of the strawberries and have washed them (and made them into an absolutely lovely Jam)...Anybody else do this in their local area?

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    You missed Venison from your list. Or did the stones miss?

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    ,,, by the way, I've told your local council and the bill for the fruit and veg is in the post.

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    Legally cannot hunt on those grounds, as for telling the council, feel free, I already got permission - I checked because it is public property, I can pick whatever grows provided is not endangered or a rare species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Legally cannot hunt on those grounds, as for telling the council, feel free, I already got permission - I checked because it is public property, I can pick whatever grows provided is not endangered or a rare species.
    It never stopped Robin Hood.

    There;s nothing like free food. Have you seen the price if Blackberries in Tesco?

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    Just don't eat anything picked 18 inches or nearer to the ground without washing it first if it's a common route for dog walkers
    It's amazing what foraging you can do, if you can find someone who is an expert on it to show you the ropes, you'll find all sorts of edible stuff.

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    Well the cherries I have already picked and made into a delicious gateaux, the blackberries and raspberries I am waiting to ripen, the strawberries have been made into a jam, the figs I am waiting to ripen, the pears and apples need to grow some more before I pick them, and the radish needs to grow a bit more also. I have also found some wild garlic flowers as well, so I am very very happy. I knew my interest in botany would pay off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Just don't eat anything picked 18 inches or nearer to the ground without washing it first if it's a common route for dog walkers
    It's amazing what foraging you can do, if you can find someone who is an expert on it to show you the ropes, you'll find all sorts of edible stuff.
    Everything apart from the trees are behind about 2 ft of stinging nettles...so I dont need to worry too much about the dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Everything apart from the trees are behind about 2 ft of stinging nettles...so I dont need to worry too much about the dogs
    Oooh, nettles, so that's soup, wine and beer sorted

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    yep we've done the same with blackberries along our canal walk....picked a load and frozen them ready for when we want to use. will do the same this year and see what else we can find

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Just don't eat anything picked 18 inches or nearer to the ground without washing it first if it's a common route for dog walkers
    It's amazing what foraging you can do, if you can find someone who is an expert on it to show you the ropes, you'll find all sorts of edible stuff.
    I will never forget watching a junkie picking clean a blackberry bush... he didnt know this rule!

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    My neighbour has a damson tree in his garden, and makes a VERY good gin out of it...

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    Dandelion leaves are brilliant in Salad and cheaper than rockett.

    My Neighbours Pear Tree overspills into my back garden so their mine. Other neighbours have plum and apple trees that go over into an access lane so their up for grabs. Their used to be Rasberry canes in the lane but their now in my back garden and Elders provide flowers or berries for eating and drinking.

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    Im a stones throw from the market...



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