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FREE TREES FOR SCHOOLS/GROUPS

A while ago Sustainable Life provided us with a bunch of UK tree seeds from the Woodland Trust. Our volunteer Cathy planted them and these lovely tree saplings are the result! These trees are destined for SCHOOLS including HE groups. It will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVED for the lot in Birmingham. SO if you are interested in making your own play forest get in touch!

 

s.adelaar@suslife.uk

Advanced Foraging: Umbellifers

Learn about the Umbellifer plant family, which ones are safe and which ones are poisonous. Learn key identification features and how to avoid picking the wrong ones.

This course is designed for the advanced forager not just because the content is tricky but also because you need to have PLENTY of experience out in the field to even begin to have the confidence to tackle the Umbellifer family without making a wrong ID. We always tell our customers on our foraging walks that while we know what umbellifers are around we do NOT teach umbellifers – especially not on the beginners walks as not only are they particularly tricky with lots of dopplegangers but they also contain some of the most deadly plants in the UK.

We thoroughly recommend if you wish to start learning umbellifers to take this course and then go out and start practising your new ID skills regularly BUT DO NOT start eating your finds. We recommend waiting until you have done SEVERAL foraging walks (courses OR self led with book references) that include looking at umbellifers AND you have both seen them all and are confident in the ID of every single Umbellifer mentioned in this course. If you cannot 100% rule out a poisonous umbellifer DO NOT EAT IT.

As a topic for a forager this is a highly sought after skillset/knowledge that requires lots of practice and patience. IF YOU EVER get stuck with the ID of an umbellifer, you will know how to take the necessary information required for an ID and we will be on hand to have a chat about it. Remember that there is a reason most foraging courses will not go beyond the typical ID of Common Hogweed.

To recap you will learn/obtain:

  • A variety of different Umbellifers (12)
  • Which are the FOUR key poisonous ones to look out for
  • What identification markers you need to look out for/make a note of
  • How to avoid mis-identification and slip ups
  • Latin names for each individual umbellifer (not required to complete this course)
  • Downloadable “Cheat Sheets” for in the field ID practice

You will need to complete the following lessons for this course:

What you Need

  • You will need to be logged in and online to start this course
  • You will need to be able to play you tube videos and audio clips on your device
  • You will need to be able to listen with headphones or speakers. Many of our lessons contain videos or audio clips that are NOT transcribed.
  • Time & Patience! This course is designed to get you more comfortable with identifying umbellifers. Throughout each lesson you will be given a selection of key information in a variety of formats. Some lessons may repeat information to ensure the maximum possible information retention is achieved. Skipping videos or other lesson content can harm your course performance.

COURSE UNDER DEVELOPMENT – PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER

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Highbury Orchard FREE Cob Oven

On Sunday course leader Alan Bale visited Highbury Orchard and ran a course for FREE with the end result of Highbury Orchard receiving a Cob Oven at materials cost only. This was a completely unfunded donation of personal time and skills by Alan Bale to the good people at Highbury Orchard. It was a long day extending well into the evening but with the plucky help of a variety of Highbury Orchard volunteers the Orchard ended up with a pretty fab oven! Now we just need to wait for the oven to properly dry out and they can then begin test fires to condition the oven.

 

Good job to all involved!

View pictures of the event here: Facebook pictures post

Beginners Herbalism

 

 

Learn FIVE useful edible plants in the UK including key identifying features and what they can be used for.

 

 

Each lesson in this course awards you with 50 points. Each assignment awards 50 points. You must earn 350 points to finish this course. This course consists of the following lessons you must complete:

 

 

Some of these lessons have additional assignments you must complete in order to complete this course. You will also have to complete the Beginners Herbalism Individual Lesson Exams to finish this course successfully. Each Lesson requires 100% exam results to ensure you have remembered the information provided – but don’t worry! You can retry the exam as many times as you need if at first you don’t succeed.

What you Need

  • You will need to be logged in and online to start this course
  • You will need to be able to play you tube videos and audio clips on your device
  • You will need to be able to listen with headphones or speakers. Many of our lessons contain videos or audio clips that are NOT transcribed.
  • Time & Patience! This course is designed to introduce you to herbalism with 5 key beginners plants to learn. Throughout each lesson you will be given a selection of key information in a variety of formats. Some lessons may repeat information to ensure the maximum possible information retention is achieved. Skipping videos or other lesson content can harm your course performance.
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