This time last week we were out foraging for wild garlic in a beautiful spot in Derbyshire. Dale Abbey is a favourite spot of mine for walking and plant spotting. It is a small area of ancient woodland on the edge of Derbyshire (bordering on Notts) – the prime indicators of it being ancient woodland are plants such as Bluebells, Dog’s Mercury and Windflower. There is also a patch of Sweet Woodruff which is not a common plant. It is the sister plant of sticky weed and looks quite similar.
But we were going for the garlic and got very muddy on the way! There were 10 of us in all and we made our way up the hill. It was rather a blustery day but an enjoyable jaunt nevertheless. On the way we found some other interesting edible plants and then stopped off in the Hermit’s Cave How I love this story and it is quite relevant as he was a baker himself! Richard ( a most excellent guitar player and who I was glad to meet for the first time on our expedition) and I decided we would come back and play some music there sometime soon. Indeed I have made some recordings there myself already 🙂
We all went for a drink and chips after in the local pub and went home with lots of garlic indeed!