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The trees and hedges are loaded with fruit

I’m quite excited by this year’s late summer/autumn foraging prospects.  Apples, elderberries, brambles and haws and hips are in abundance, I even spotted sloes.  Last year was such a let down due to the poor weather. Wandering along the Rae and up to Cofton Park, I regularly make a note of where things are growing.  I know the best spots for elderberries, haws and hips, and this year I’ve found a small grove of apple trees, although  some are out of reach to mere mortals.

Today I collected 2lb of brambles, a couple of handfuls of rowan berries, both destined for jam, and some apples.  Rowan berries shouldn’t be collected until the first frost but these are soft.


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