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Food is all around in Bute’s community forest

Foraging expert Mark Williams (left) leads Saturday's fascinating walk through Bute's community-owned forest.

Foraging expert Mark Williams (left) leads Saturday's fascinating walk through Bute's community-owned forest.

Foraging expert Mark Williams led a fascinating walk of discovery in Bute’s community-owned forest on Saturday as part of Bute Forest’s programme of spring events.

Mark, from Galloway Wild Foods, spent the afternoon pointing out many of the edible plants which can be found not just in the Bute Forest, or indeed in any woodland area, but in any natural environment.

Gorse, wood and common sorrel, hairy bittercress and the exotically-named - and tiny! - opposite leaf golden saxifrage were just a few of the edible plants found during the course of the walk and sampled by the eager participants.

Mark, who’s based in Gatehouse of Fleet but grew up on Arran, also suggested some ways in which the edible plants found on the tour can be used in cooking, as well as pointing out just a few plants which may look edible but are in fact highly toxic and poisonous to humans.

Around 20 people took part in Saturday’s walk, and Mark has already been booked for a return visit to Bute later in the year.

* For more from Bute Forest’s programme of spring events, check out the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 11.

 

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