Be Nice To Nettles Week

clump of nettles behind a mud kitchen, with the words 'be nice to nettles week' over the top

Celebrating the diverse range of benefits and positive impacts nettles can have on everyday life.

Sadly, the most recent online presence that we can find for Be Nice to Nettles week, is this website from 2014. But we think this celebration is one worth continuing!

The website has links to nettle natural history and usage, activities, games and more. We’d love to hear about your nettle actives – let us know via @MuddyFaces

More about nettles, from The Wildlife Trusts, here.

Seed Gathering Season

an ID guide to fruit and seeds with many small hand illustrations

‘Since 1998, The Tree Council has been organising Seed Gathering Season, the autumn campaign to inspire everyone to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future.

The festival starts each year on the 23rd September (the autumn equinox, considered to be the first day of autumn) and continues until the 23rd October.

Growing trees from local seed can have great benefits in restocking areas with trees of local provenance. The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to the local circumstances are more likely to flourish and so help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces. Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts.

If you are planning to collect fruit and seeds to eat, here are some tips:

–  Fruit is the property of the landowner.
–  Don’t collect anything from trees beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
–  Don’t allow unsupervised children to pick – or eat – from trees and make sure you know exactly what you are picking: some of the most attractive berries are poisonous and easily mistaken for edible ones.
–  Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
–  Don’t pick more than you need and do not damage the trees.


Image: Field Guide – Fruits and Seed Dispersal, available from the Muddy Faces shop. 

UK Fungus Day

UK Fungus Day Banner

‘Bringing academics, educators, enthusiasts and families together.

A celebration of fungi and fungal science. with nationwide events which give visitors to venues across the UK the chance to explore the amazing world of fungi.

Events may include a chance to go on a fungus walk with expert field mycologists; grow your own mushrooms; speak to scientists about their research; explore why fungi are both friends and foes and why it is so important for us to study this fascinating kingdom of organisms.’

Lots of great info for families, schools and foragers on the website.

Spring Foraging and Wild Medicine

Learn about the wild food and medicine available in abundance at this time.

Wild spring greens have been part of the diet of our ancestors for thousands of years and we will learn some of their traditional and modern uses as well as how we can gain benefit from incorporating them into our lives.

On this day we will walk the land and gather some of the spring plants we find for making tea, food and medicine around the fire in the afternoon. You might take home a herbal vinegar or syrup, feast on wild pesto and salad and pick up some fire by friction tips.

On the day, follow signs to reception upon arrival and we will meet by the main campsite barn. Please bring a pack lunch which can be ideally shared with others, this brings such a treat to the day when food is shared. We can top up our lunch with some foraged goods too and will be nibbling away all afternoon on the foraged delights we’ve made. A selection of tea’s and hot water will be provided and of-course we will make some fresh herb brews along the way.

Date: 27th April 2020.
Facilitator: Alice Rose Betony
Location: WoWo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, TN22 3QT.
Cost: £65, children over the age of 10 welcome for £30.
Time: 10.00 – 15.00.

Autumn Foraging and Wild Medicine

Learn how to make some winter herbal remedies with the abundant hedgerow berries available at this time.

Autumn is the time for deep nourishing, building up our stores of nutrients and supporting our immune systems ready for the cold months ahead. Along with the last few wild greens we have such an abundant variety of healing foods and medicines at this time of year. We will gather and fill our baskets together in the morning and make food and medicine around the fire in the afternoon. You might take home a hedgerow oxymel or enjoy some wild hedgerow syrup as well as picking up some fire by friction tips.

Date: 16th September 2020.
Facilitator: Alice Rose Betony
Location: WoWo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, TN22 3QT.
Cost: £65, children over the age of 10 welcome for £30.
Time: 10.00 – 15.00.