As the days grow longer and the bitter chill of winter leaves us, wildlife begins to resume to its former flourishing glory. This makes no one happier than our frolicking foragers.
We may be a generation of convenience shoppers but it wasn’t many moons ago that our ancestors were foraging for their supper. There is something magical about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and such a pity that it is a dying culture.
Caroline Thake, a forager from Northampton says: “you are never far from something edible, you just have to know what you’re looking for”. Caroline has foraged across Northamptonshire and the UK for the past five years. She became intrigued with the idea of finding her own food from the wild after travelling the world. “In almost every country I went to, the natives would hunt, fish she says, “when I returned home I couldn’t help wondering why we had abandoned this way of life.”
Caroline started her journey by learning about wild food, the dangers of not knowing what you’re gathering and the best places to forage. Top Ardles wood in Ravensthorpe is one of the top foraging spots in the UK and one that Caroline visits regularly, “These woods are perfect for finding damsons, sloes and hazelnuts,” she says, “you just have to be quick and beat the birds to it!” Caroline advises any keen foragers to ensure they have a good knowledge of wild food before they start gathering.