Wild Walks South West
I stumbled into foraging in my early twenties; someone showed me a small, edible plant growing in a stonewall, and I was hooked. Foraging is now an integral part of my life and work, it felt natural after a childhood punctuated with great home cooking, camping, wild flowers, walks, and lots of imaginative play. In a way, not much has changed, I could do with more playing, on the other hand that is what foraging, writing and messing about with a few plants in the kitchen is for me – creative fun.
My professional background is in environmental education and community nutrition (basically being outdoors, people and good food) and my first degree was in the creative arts and often involved food, plants and nature. I have been teaching foraging for over 10 years, sharing what I know and the tasters I create with hungry foragers.
I am the author and photographer of two popular regional foraging identification and cookbooks; Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (2015) and Seaweed Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (2016). In 2017 my seaweed book won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the national category: Fish (as yet there is no seaweed category).