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Hedgerow Discovery Walk

Vicky Marr
By Vicky Marr
4th September 2023

Join CPRE Hampshire for a hedgerow foraging walk, exploring at Copythorne in the New Forest , to learn about nature’s late summer bounty in Hampshire’s beautiful countryside. Jennifer Williams, award winning wild jam maker, will be sharing her secrets from the native hedgerow where she gets her inspiration.

Tickets are limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

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Please bring water and suitable shoes for walking along (potentially) muddy footpaths and drinking water. We also encourage you to bring a flask of hot water and we can steep foraged herbs to make a wild hedgerow tea as we walk!

We will walk along the hedgerows of Copythorne, identifying, collecting and tasting what we find. Jen will also teach us how to prepare and what we can make with the foraged delights we find along the way. We will end our walk where we started where we will be able to taste some of the creations Jen makes!

She explains

‘I run around hedgerows, I pick, forage and prepare the delights for jars. I am at one with the seasons, the growing moments in the garden and hedgerow, watching how it changes, it’s magical to me. It’s all I am. This is where I belong, growing, hunting, gathering, and of course in the kitchen, that my happy place, it’s where I feel at home.

The long days have suddenly becoming shorter, as if nature is telling me to preserve, pickle and gather in all the bounty. However my days are not shorter, they are long in hours if not daylight so I can fill my shelfs with jars of all sizes and shapes.

I just love it.

This event is part of the wider Hampshire Hedge project, connecting up the New Forest and the South Downs National Parks with green corridor of hedgerows and wild spaces.  If you are interested in volunteering with us please follow this link for more information about how you can help on this project: Hampshire Hedge Volunteer

For further information on getting involved in the project please contact our Hedgerow Project Officer