FREE Wild English Tea – Forage & Brew

This is a completely FREE event Sustainable Life will be holding on 20th March 2016 to celebrate the first day of Spring!

The event will commence at Highbury Orchard. We will walk around and try to find a variety of plants, leaves and flowers that make smashing cups of tea and discuss thier unique herbal properties and health benefits. We will take a selection of herbs and wild foods back with us to the Orchard where we will sit and brew our chosen concoctions. What better way to savour the taste of Spring?

This is a relaxed walk and tea drinking session for the beginner forager or just someone who want’s an interesting cup of tea! Perfect introduction to the world of wild plants in your kitchen.


This is a completely free event but spaces are limited so make sure you book in advance to secure your place. Bookings NOW OPEN:

FREE Nettle Demonstration


Sustainable life will be at the Highbury Harvest Festival offering a FREE nettle demonstration with course leader Stephanie Adelaar demonstrating how to make nettle rope and twine for a variety of uses using mature nettle stalks. In addition there will be a FREE information pack including a voucher for a whopping 20% off our next in depth nettle course and a few nettle tasters including hot teas and goat’s cheese. You can also drop by just for a chat and register your interest in a variety of different sustainability courses we will be launching next year. It’s totally free so come on by!

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It’s not just goosegrass that’s popping up this spring nice and early. Nettles are growing new shoots in abundance and these new baby leaves are perfect for a variety of household kitchen uses.

The newest youngest nettle leaves can be picked for a variety of meals and treats including nettle tea and nettle pesto. Why pay an obscene amount for a small jar of pesto or a few bags of tea that you can basically get for free from your garden?


Name: Nettles

Location: Anywhere.

Months: March, April

Edible Parts: Young Leaves (softer brighter green ones)

Non-Edible Parts: Tough older leaves (just not very tasty)

Caution: Wear gloves when picking and wilt before eating!

Make sure before you eat any nettles that you properly wilt them first. To do so, place the nettles in boiling hot water and push under the surface then take them out and put them into cold water right away to stop them cooking. This removes the sting and makes them edible.