The JOY AND PLENTY OF spring has arrived...
This is a fantastic time of year to weekend in the woods! Why not flee the urban streets and strike out to your nearest patch of wilderness – jump on a train or walk from where you live and take a pilgrimage to the countryside to harvest a fabulous spring tonic - nettles and cleavers, ramsons, garlic mustard and more await, lining the hedgerows and skirting the wayside of our fine British fields, glades and heathland.
Drawing on our Celtic ancestry, April boasts one of the most fun, land-based festivals of the year: Beltane: The night of the ‘greenwood marriage’ between the horned god and the fertility goddess…This falls on the eve of May Day and is the perfect night for a barefoot dance in the garden, a party on the theme of a masquerade ball, or leaping the flames of a fire. Traditionally the first person whose gaze you catch as you leap the fire will be your beau for a year and a day.
April's easily identifiable wild edibles are: common sorrel – common chickweed – beech leaves – wild garlic – garlic mustard – stinging nettles – sweet violets – hairy bittercress – hawthorne leaves – spearmint – field rose – sea beet. Well worth checking out your local expert foragers to book onto a wild plant walk. Alternatively why not select one of our amazing group Forestspa packages for a wild foraging workshop chased by a wood-fired sauna and hot tub. We'll happily host your weekend getaway in the woods! https://www.forestspa.co.uk/packages-2/
And just in case you need a little more inspiration to get out, April yields one of the most beautiful wild flowers - the sweet violet - a delicate and sweetly fragranced purple beauty that shines brightly amidst the hedgerows and woodland floor. Remarkably difficult to spot due to her tiny size, she has a magnificent history and was prized for her sweetness and medicinal properties, particularly in the Victorian period.