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Beech Leaf Gin

If you want to make a truly amazing drink, well this is it! But hurry because you need to do it while the Beech leaves are so young and tender that you can almost see through them. If they look a bit tough seek out some beech trees higher up  near a hill or a

Wild Food Summer School

It's Wednesday evening, just three days since  our 2015 Wild Food Summer School ended. We had three days of foraging, talks, film, demonstrations, wild food cooked by extraordinary chefs and the brilliant and one and only Miles Irving who was with us for the weekend, sharing his passion and love of foraging and how we

Wild Food Summer School September 11th, 12th, 13th September 2015

  We are delighted to announce the draft programme for our  second Wild Food Summer School in September. We have changed the format this year with lots of new additions. More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on

Midsummer Ecotrail

We are having one of our  Eco Trails on June 20th, a very special Mid Summer Walk. We will listen for cuckoos singing in the woods, keep an eye out for Red Squirrels and watch the magical luminous colours of Dragonflies on the edges of ponds and rivers. We will try and see as many

Delicious Nettles!

Nettles are one of nature's most versatile plants. For centuries they have been used as Spring tonics, teas, soups, pestos and even made into fibres for cloth and and if you get a sting, the acid from the plant  can help arthritis sufferers by releasing that uric acid into the bloodstream . We use them

Make Me a Forager!

2015! It has a nice new ring to it. New possibilities, new adventures and for us here at Blackstairs Ecotrails lots of new workshops and events for you to discover. We started Blackstairs EcoTrails in 2011, so this is our fourth year in business. For those of you who don't know much about us we

New Workshops for the Autumn

We have a couple of workshops coming up in the next few weeks to coincide with Autumn foraging and dare I say it, a Edible Christmas Gifts workshop. Here are the dates for your diary. October 18th a Find It, Pick it, Cook it, Eat it Workshop November 15th our Edible Christmas Gifts Workshop. November