Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

The rowan tree is sometimes referred to as the Mountain Ash. It can often be found growing at high levels but it is not related to the ash, although the leaves do look quite similar. In fact it is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family and its clusters of creamy white flowers are superseded […]

Hazelnut (Corylus avellana)

If you’re lucky you can gather these before they’re squirrelled away or munched shamelessly on the spot! Like other nuts, hazelnuts contain high levels of vitamin E and produce one of the most highly unsaturated oils. They also have significant amounts of beta carotene, folic acid and the minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron, and […]

Walnut (Juglans regia)

These little fellows have travelled all the way from Norfolk where they were growing in Jane Atkins’ garden. Walnuts are high in healthy omega-3 fats, and contain good amounts of the minerals copper, manganese, molybdenum and biotin. Some research has indicated that walnuts have cancer fighting properties, in particular prostate and breast cancer. Omega-3 is […]

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

This plant is regarded as destructive and a nuisance due to its invasive nature, and it’s true that when it takes hold it has a tendency to push out our native plants and can be difficult to eradicate. It loves to grow in very damp areas, particularly alongside rivers and streams and takes over where […]

Chicken Of The Woods

I don’t know much about fungi but feel drawn, especially at this time of year, to increase my knowledge about this fascinating kingdom of which the fruiting body is often the only visible part of a huge network spreading underground. Indeed the largest organism in the world is reported to be a honey fungus growing […]