East End jam

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East End jam was inspired by an unexpectedly fruitful walk around Stratford (east London) in July 2014. On the ordinary light industrial and residential streets of the city I found plums, elderberries, sloes,… Continue reading

Clockhouse Community Centre foraging walk & Jam workshop

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On Saturday 25th September I led a foraging walk and jam making workshop from a base at Clockhouse Community Centre in Woolwich, as part of Inspiral London’s ‘Hydracity’ project connecting with London’s wateryscapes… Continue reading

Waterside Foraging Walk – Thames Festival

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On Friday 24th September from 1pm – 2.30pm I’ll be leading a waterside foraging walk as part of the Thames Festival and Inspiral London’s Hydracity project. Hydracity asks us to observe and imagine London… Continue reading

Wilton Ribena (recipe!)

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There are several blackcurrants bushes in the community garden at Wilton, so we thought we’d try and make our own ribena. There is also a very prolific mahonia, and red currants too, so… Continue reading

Outdoor Chutney Workshop

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On Wednesday 26th August I led a socially distant outdoor chutney making workshop in the community garden on Wilton Estate. Several of the resident gardeners came and shared their produce, along with windfall… Continue reading

Sensory City talk

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On September 14th Amy and Clare gave a talk at the Anthropology and Geography Conference online, the focus was on sensory cities – and the paper was titled: East End Jam: Urban Foraging… Continue reading

Family Camping Foraging with Outdoor People

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At the beginning of August we took part in Outdoor People‘s first family camping weekend of 2020. We stayed in the amazing ‘Fairy Land’ camping area at Green Farm in Kent, in a… Continue reading

Group plum pick!

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Covid restrictions lifting meant that we could meet up outside and pick together! Plums are ripe now in London Fields, Haggerston Park and the sandpit playground by Broadway market. On July 11th 2020… Continue reading

Mahonia Jelly

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This is a report to try to capture the (extreme) challenges that we’ve had when making Mahonia jelly. Basically over the last week I’ve tried out 3 different batches of Mahonia jelly from… Continue reading

Elderflower ‘Marmalade’

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Having made around 20 batches of elderflower cordial this season I was faced with the possible waste of the citrus fruit used in the mix! Each batch contains 4 or five sliced oranges… Continue reading

Cherries and Mahonia

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This week I’m going to try turning the elderflower cordial into jam, with the addition of….. cherries! It is a bit early for them, but the 3 trees at the bottom of London Fields (along… Continue reading