We all crave some sunshine and nature therapy these days. Who wouldn’t want to spend more time walking the forest paths? Foraging is all about taking time out to appreciate the land around us. This doesn’t mean trampling on natural habitats or stealing from the orchards. Picking fruit and wild plants is more than that. It brings us closer to the wildlife around us and connects us with a forgotten way of life.
Believe it or not there are some rules when it comes to foraging and wild plants aren’t something you want to be messing with if you don’t know what you are doing. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to foraging:
DO leave at least a third of the blossom, flowers, berries, seed heads, nuts, leaves, seashore vegetables and seaweeds on the plant and cut, don’t pull.
DON’T attempt to cook any plant you don’t know.
DO venture off the beaten track to find wild plants.
DON’T be afraid to get your hands dirty.
DON’T break branches to make gathering easier.
DON’T pick or bring home fungi that is over mature.
DON’T venture into private land without permission.
DON’T pick plants in conservation areas where there is a Department of Environment notice that states you should not do so.
DO avoid using chemical herbicides and toxic pesticides if you are re-planting.
DON’T forget to pick up litter if you see some along the way.
DO take care where you park your car. Don’t block farm gates.
DO close all farm gates after you. DO bring all your litter home.
DON’T dig up wild plants.
DO have fun in the wild and explore your surroundings.
For more information about our foraging and fruit picking adventure please contact one of our fruit loving team. If you want some foraging tips you can get your 6 Foraging tips for beginners here.