It is great to be able to plan events now with an element of confidence. It’s been really lovely to be able to lead walks and meet lots of lovely people again since last summer. Most organisers are still wary of overly large gatherings, so bookings are usually required, even for free events. Please honour your booking, as “no-shows” mean that someone else loses out – if you can’t make it, please let me or the organisers know.

 Nature  Walks in Mid and East Antrim

Friday 27th January 2023 at Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus (2pm)

Friday 24th February at Straidkilly Nature Reserve, Glenarm (2pm)

Tuesday 21st March at Larne Leisure Centre, Larne (2pm)

These walks are part of a series of EmbRACE events run by Mid and East Antrim Council, led by Dermot. Although not focussing on foraging as such, we’ll be seeing some edible plants along the way.

The Bashfordsland walk will concentrate on the legacy of the Victorians and the plants that they introduced at the time.

At Straidkilly, we’ll be looking at a wild and natural woodland that is starting to “wake up” in spring.

At Larne, we’ll be looking at some of the seaweeds and creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone along the promenade.

Booking is essential and numbers will be limited.

For Bashfordsland, book using https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=0CKnVPopx0W40LVvQZAzzfPsdGB41DNHoZ954kQ_4ixUQ05JU0VKVERKMFRHTjJMNDc4NFdEWkVSNS4u

For Straidkilly, book using https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=0CKnVPopx0W40LVvQZAzzfPsdGB41DNHoZ954kQ_4ixUM0oyWjNYRjJFUEMwRDhTTTZTWDdUVTlRQi4u

For Larne, book using https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=0CKnVPopx0W40LVvQZAzzfPsdGB41DNHoZ954kQ_4ixUNjg5OUhNQUFaT0swQ1JSSko2RTJHREJYOS4u

Foraging  Walks and tasters

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey, Co Antrim

Saturday 14th January at 12

Originally planned for September last year as part of the European Heritage Open Day events and cancelled following Queen Elizabeth’s death, Mid and East Antrim Council are having a foraging and tasting session at Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey. We will walk down into Galgorm Woods and when we get back to the cottage, we can taste freshly baked griddle bread and homemade jams.

Booking is required, and enquiries can be made by contacting The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena 028 2563 5077 or by emailing braid.enquiries@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

A second event in the Andrew Jackson Cottage, near Carrickfergus, will be on Saturday 28th January, where I will be demonstrating and cooking chutney from 12 to 2. This will be a drop-in session, no booking required.

Herbal Teas

Larne Museum, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim

Tuesday 7th March at 2:30

Larne Museum and Arts Centre has a small herb garden, and is putting on an event to chat about the herbs in the garden and to taste various herbs, both from the wild and from the garden itself.

Booking essential by contacting the Museum on 028 2826 2443 or email marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Past Events – Locations of Forage events around the country

Co. Londonderry

Learmount Forest, Feeny

Roe Valley CP, Limavady

Rath Dubh, Moneyneany

Draperstown

Downhill Forest

Ballyscullion, Bellaghy

Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Prehen, Derry

Gransha, Derry

Lough Beg, Toome

Killaloo Wood, Claudy

Ness Wood, Claudy

Ballyronan

 

Co. Tyrone

Cabin Wood, Cookstown

Augher

Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown

Dungannon Park

Gortin Village

Lissan House, Cookstown

Springhill, Moneymore

Gortin Glen Forest Park

Ecclesville Wood, Fintona

 

Co. Armagh

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Crossmaglen

Oxford Island

 

Co. Fermanagh

Devenish Partnership, Enniskillen

Castle Archdale Forest Park

Tully Castle

Killyfole Lough

Co Antrim

Cushendall Beach

Rathcoole

Randalstown

Sentry Hill, Newtownabbey

Eden Allotments, Carrickfergus

Antrim Castle Demesne

Jubilee Wood, Whitehead

Bashfordslnd and Oakfield Woods, Carrickfergus

Mossley Mill

Rathlin Island

Greenisland Allotments

Shane’s Castle Estate

Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle

Ecos Park, Ballymena

Cloughmills

Bendooragh

Ballintoy

People’s Park, Ballymena

Galgorm

Crumlin Glen

Larne

Portglenone

Straidkilly and Glenarm

Glengormley

Glynn

Carnmoney Hill

Republic of Ireland

Marlay Park, Dublin

St. Anne’s Park, Dublin

Carlingford, Co. Louth

Tintern, Co. Wexford

 

Belfast

Shaw’s Bridge

Belvoir Forest Park

Tullycarnet

Ormeau Park

Lagan Lands East

Lagan Towpath

Lagan Meadows

Cherryvale Park

Bog Meadows NR

Orangefield

 

Co. Down

Moneyreagh

Hillsborough Estate

Comber Greenway

Castlewellan Forest Park

Rathfriland

Rostrevor Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Delamont Country Park

Bangor

Dundrum

Groomsport

Newcastle

Portaferry

Whiterock

Strangford

Loughbrickland

Annahilt

Lacken