We’re all collectors in some way. It’s in our nature. Join award winning chef Matthew Pennington & award winning drinks maker Jack Adair Bevan from the Ethicurian (www.theethicurean.com) and reconnect to historic hedgerows that have provided free foodstuffs to us for centuries. This event is part of the hEdges art project (www.h-edges.org.uk) that is recreating and marking the unique hedgerow heritage of Hilperton and Paxcroft Mead. Find out more on the day…

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hEdge and Field Edge Foraging

23/05/15 – 2pm – 4pm

Guided 90 minute walk looking at safe foraged foods and herbs around Hilperton, taking in the natural flora and fauna of the area. Attendees will be shown safe examples of common foraged foods and herbs. The folk lore of trees and shrubs will be identified as part of conversational question and answer. Common poisonous plants will be carefully identified where they bear any similarity to the common foraged food. Things that might be found would be Beech, Blackthorn, Wild Cherry, Norway and Sitka Spruce, Lofty Pine, Scotts Pine, Walnut, Rocket, Herb Robert, Rosebay Willowherb, Orache, Cob nut, Hazel and Pineapple Weed.

Maximum 30 people. Meet Paxcroft Mead Community Hall, 17 Hackett Place, Paxcroft Mead, BA14 7GW at 2pm. Clothing suitable for an outdoor field walk in British weather should be worn. Children welcome. Please bring a bag or basket for anything you might collect.

hEdge Cocktails and Cordials

23/05/15 – 5pm – 7pm

Learn how to make your own hedge and field edge cocktails and family-friendly cordials. Classic British hedgerow preparations and libations will be discussed and tasted. Attendees will be shown a simple method of preserving foraged flavour in a non-alcoholic cordial, taught about its storage and possible uses – adults will be able to make alcoholic versions. Everyone will be able to take home their own infusion. There will also be demonstrations of cocktails such as Beech/Hawthorn Leaf Noyau and Pine Martinez: a classic cocktail with a hedgerow twist (Lofty or Scots Pine infused gin, “The Collector” foraged Vermouth, honey and bitters). There will be some hedgerow food to taste as well !

Maximum 60 people. Location: Paxcroft Mead Community Hall, 17 Hackett Place, Paxcroft Mead, BA14 7GW. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Adults will need to bring your own alcohol if you want to make an alcoholic infusion and take it away with you, instructions will be sent to you closer to the time about what to bring.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BOOK TICKETS FOR BOTH EVENTS IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND BOTH – A TICKET FOR ONE EVENT WILL NOT ADMIT YOU TO THE OTHER.

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