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Woodlands are great places to find wild food, but make sure you collect responsibly. With our guide you can forage sustainably without harming woods or wildlife.

For many people, collecting and eating wild plants and fungi has been part of life since childhood. For others, gathering wild food is a more recent activity.

Hedgerows and woodlands can be great places to forage for free food. You'll find a host of edible species ready to be transformed into jams, soups, cordials, wrappings, beers, wines and liqueurs. They include old favourites like elderflower, blackberries and sloes to the slightly more unusual common sorrel and fat hen.

Please follow our responsible foraging guidelines when you're out and about foraging for plants and fungi. They will ensure you forage sustainably and responsibly, and make sure you stay safe and within the law.

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