Just to be completely clear, this event is for people on a low income, income support, housing benefit etc. At the event you will be asked to provide proof of your income status as well as photo ID. Please do not use this as an opportunity to get something for nothing (almost nothing anyway). I have set up this, and a series of other events, to give a learning opportunity to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Please be advised, if you have received a gift voucher it is not valid for this event.
This will be a morning exploring the edible delights of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, one of East London’s most interesting parks. The walk will be led by Ken Greenway, one of Forage London’s experienced foraging teachers, and will last for about three hours, involving safely picking and eating various leaves, berries etc as we go along, with various new foods and drinks to try (made from different wild ingredients we’ve previously picked, cooked, fermented, pickled etc), learning to identifying plenty of edible plants and discussion touching on numerous topics including, nutrition, medicine, herbalism, botany, cookery, horticulture and history.
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Your leader Kenneth (Ken) Greenway is the site’s manager and he’s worked at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park since 2002. Kenneth Greenway, is an experienced forager, wild food enthusiast, and a Come Dine with Me winner!
An afternoon at the amazing, award winning Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (THCP). One of London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian Cemeteries. Closed to burials since 1966 and a designated public park and Local Nature Reserve a short walk from Mile End Tube Station in E3. A foraging walk, with a nature walk thrown in. The Cemetery Park has an extraordinaire diversity of both woodland and meadow plants, so prepare to be amazed.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park contains a huge range of plants with wild food uses. Many people know a good deal about the possible uses of these plants but they may not be well acquainted with the living plants. On THCP forage tours you will learn to identify many different species and appreciate them for their own sake, and for their wildlife value. Foraging is all about sustainability. Forget the expensive fancy green food smoothies – and get yourself down to your local park and get to know the plants in intimate detail.
Here’s what one person thought recently of their wild food experience in THCP:
“THCP is nothing short of stunning and Kenneth, my Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park guide, is unbelievably knowledgeable about edible plants. ‘Wild food isn’t going to replace your weekly shop but what it does do, is it will get you interacting with your open spaces in a different way,’ he tells me as we walk together, armed with a wheelbarrow, trowel, water and bowls for washing what we find. ‘This means thinking about recipes, cooking, where ingredients come from and how wild food can be an ingredient.”
Explore London’s most urban woodland in search of something for the dining table. You’ll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification. Nibble berries, scour for seeds and rummage for roots – then take some home to turn into your own wild creations.
Take on the role of a self-sufficient TV chef for an edible, guided walk. You’ll have a nibble around the Cemetery Park, learning about what foods can be eaten from the wild during different seasons.
Great for those who would like to improve their identification of common plants used for wild food. It may be particularly useful for people who camp and cook over an open fire, or those who would like to use wild plants in home cooking and anyone with an interest in this area is welcomed.
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