Saturday, 1 November 2014

Chestnuts & mushrooms forage


I am planning to go out early Sunday morning to Bromley area to look for chestnuts and mushrooms. I realise this is outside of our normal local area, but I fancied going further afield and checking out some (local to London) woodland.

I can't guarantee that we will find chestnuts, but it is the right time of year and where there is woodland, there is usually sweet chestnut trees.

During the walk we will talk about the differences between horse & sweet chestnuts, various cooking methods and recipes. If you've never collected chestnuts and don't know what to do with them, don't worry. Help is available to those who require it.

PLEASE NOTE: I am new to foraging for mushrooms and this really is just a learning experience for me (& anyone that joins me). Please do not expect to come home with lots of lovely edible fungi !!
This is more about learning where, how and when they grow and how to identify different types.

TRAVEL: There may be several bus journeys and a good amount of walking involved so please do wear appropriate attire.
I can meet people in Forest Hill, Penge or Bromley.
For those of you cycling and/or wanting to travel the bulk of the journey by train, the nearest stations will be Hayes or Bromley South.
Be aware: neither of these stations are within walking distance of the woods we will be visiting though. You will need to get a bus or cycle the rest of the way.
If anyone wants to join us that will be driving, I can give you the map coordinates. Please do consider car-sharing!

MEET AT: 10.30AM (later than previously arranged due to the rain)
FOREST HILL STATION (front entrance)
Devonshire Road, London SE23 3HB

Monday, 8 September 2014

This weeks harvests... Sept 2014

Hello all you happy harvesters :)

Please find below some of the harvests that are now planned for the next week (or 3)

Its a busy time of year, and I appreciate that some people have work and/or family commitments, so I am trying to include a wide variety of times so that everyone should have a chance of attending at least one harvest.
If you find that none of these dates/times are suitable but really do want to enjoy some harvesting activity (& get free organic fruit) please do let me know, and I will try my best to organise something that is convenient.

WED 10th -
Shooters Hill SE3 - Cooking APPLE harvest - time tbc - probable meeting time between 3-5pm

THURS 11th -
 Nowood SE25 - PEAR or cooking APPLE harvest  Meet 3.15pm (time may be varied slightly)

SAT 13th -
Nowood SE25 - cooking APPLE harvest (time tbc)
SUN 14th 8am -
Perry Hill SE6 (very close to SE26/SE23 borders) APPLE harvest -possibility of visiting another apple tree is local area of there is time.

SUN 21st 1pm
 Honor Oak SE23 - harvest of multiple APPLE trees. 
Please register your interest asap as some events will be limited in numbers.
Please do bring any picking equipment if you own any, inc step ladders if you have transport.
Please do bring your own bags - they will not be provided and you don't want to risk going home empty handed.
Please do bring a positive, co-operative attitude and remember that this is a multi-cultural zero-tolerance community-spirited group where all are welcome :)
Happy harvesting!


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 7th Sept 2.30pm
Pear harvest in New Cross SE14
please note: the time has been changed from 1.30 to 2.30pm at the tree owners request

If you like to attend please email for meeting place details.
Please bring picking equipment if you own any, if not bring some bags, willing hands and a positive attitude :)

Happy gathering.
Pearfectly Happy Pear

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Come and get some with us!
We have loads. Bucketfulls. Treefulls.
Take a look at these beauties, just waiting to be picked and taken home.

How do you use yours?
Eat them
Pickle them
Jam them
Steep them
Brew them
Chutney, wine, syrup, fruit leathers?
Dry them, dice them, Oh My Gosh, we like 'em

Thursday, 24 July 2014





We kick off with our 1st event of an EARLY MORNING meander through Forest Hill and Sydenham to collect BLACKBERRIES


this will begin in Forest Hill at approximately 8am
If you want to join us, at 8 or later, email me to confirm

on Tuesday 29th July

Join us for our 1st ever evening harvest

when we will be gathering

 CHERRIES & PLUM  in Honor Oak

 places are limited so express your interest early

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Don't forget we have a WINTER WORKSHOP on tomorrow at Grow Mayow Community Garden.
On the Menu...

We will be making Rosehip & Crab Apple Jelly as well as fresh bread if we can get the cob oven hot enough.
We may also have a go at making Grape Jam and/or Pear & Red Onion Relish if there are enough participants.
Please do let me know if you can make it, so I can keep track of numbers.
Nominal fee to cover costs.
Please bring your own apron if you have one.
Love Vera
@ Grow Mayow Community Garden
Dates for your diary
Each workshop will incur a small charge to cover costs & places are limited so please do let me know of your interest in your preferred dates.
All workshops will be held at Grow Mayow Community Garden. 10.30am - 4.30pm (approx)
Friday 15th
Thursday 28th
Tues 10th
Friday 27th
JANUARY (2014)
Thursday 9th
Monday 20th

On the menu....
Rosehip & Crab Apple Jelly
Membrillo (quince cheese)
Pear & Red Onion Relish
Fruit Jams & Butters
Apple Chutney
Rosehip Syrup
Grape Jam
Chilli Jam
Butter & Bread
Hope to see you there.
Love Vera