Doc goes wild for nature’s grub

Dr Patrick Harding says interest in wild food is soaring.
Dr Patrick Harding says interest in wild food is soaring.

MORE people than ever are feasting from nature’s larder and foraging for food, according to an expert from Sheffield.

Former university lecturer Dr Patrick Harding has been enjoying foraging for food for years.

And he says more people are now turning to nature and scouring the woods for a snack, as interest in wild food soars - and people look to save cash.

Patrick, from Sheffield, said: “There’s been a big growth in interest and I’m seeing more and more people out in the countryside eyeing the plants, fungi, leaves and berries.

“One obvious reason is to save money, but there’s also growing awareness of the need to eat low fat, nutritional food.”

To cater for the growing appetite, the Forestry Commission is staging a workshop on natural foods and medicines in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday, May 26. It costs £25. To book, call 01623 822 447.