Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Expedition Training

I spent a nice day out on Saturday helping with the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. At one spot just below the Bluebell Railway I came across a small Silver Birch woodland carpeted with Wild Garlic Allium ursinum.

The plant is easy to spot in spring with it long wide leaves growing in clumps in deciduous woods or by river banks in damp soil. The flowers when in full bloom are large white star shaped flowers. Another give away is the heady scent of Garlic in the air. It is good steamed quickly as an accompaniment too chicken or it can be cut up and put into salads and scrambled eggs. However whenever you go foraging you must always remember to take a few leaves from several plants not all the leaves from one plant always leave at least two thirds of the plant.