Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

      Chicken of the Woods is fan shaped to semi-circular (irregular) and it can be smooth or finely wrinkled with an almost suede leather like texture. The fruit bodies are bracket form, with the cap measuring anywhere from 5 to 30 cm across and up to 20 cm deep, it can be up… Read More

Ramsons – (Allium ursinum)

  Here is a video on how to identify Ramsons (Allium ursinum). Ramsons are a wonderfully tasty spring plant which tastes of garlic. It is found in moist shady woodland areas and is relatively easy to identify due to its ‘garlicy’ smell. The leaves are a grey-green colour, oval and narrow and grow around the… Read More

Our new You Tube Channel

by Manse Ahmad We have spent a few years pondering the advantages and disadvantage of having a You Tube channel. It was only recently that one of our new instructors (Tim) managed to persuade me that we should get one and that he would help! Well that started the ball rolling, and suddenly I realised… Read More

Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

by Manse Ahmad     This is a small annual which will appear in neglected corners of gardens and particularly loves flower pots. It readily grows in waste ground (especially bare and disturbed ground), gardens, walls and both field and path edges. Harry Bittercress is part of the cabbage family and has a number of… Read More

Mors Kochanski – Try Stick

by Manse Ahmad     Mors Kochanski talks about his Try Sticks as an excellent way to practice and develop skillful use of a knife as a carving tool. It allows you to make a number of different cuts, using different techniques in a single piece of wood. I find it excellent whenever I get a… Read More

Charcloth: How to make charcloth for fire lighting.

by Manse Ahmad   Charcloth is an extremely useful tinder especially for friction fire lighting as an ‘ember extender’ or if you are using a traditional ‘strike a light’ flint & steel or the modern sparking Swedish fire steel. It glows very easily from the slightest spark and can then be transferred into your tinder… Read More


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