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Fleetneedles Forage

Claire Fleetneedle shares her journey of discovery into the remarkable uses of our wild flora and fauna.

Fleetneedles Forage: Deck the Halls

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Deck the Halls

It’s hard to believe it’s December and Christmas is upon us. It’s the time of year when fairy lights in various hues begin to adorn houses along our street, and Christmas trees appear overnight with neon twinkles and gaudy baubles.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The Magic of the Elder Tree

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Magic of the Elder Tree

A few weeks ago I bought a copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.

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apples

Fleetneedles Forage: Waste Not, Want Not

September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Waste Not, Want Not

Inexplicably, Autumn is already beckoning and there are brambles, plums, apples and a host of other fruits ripening aplenty.

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Fleetneedles Forage: sugar and spice, all things nice…and ketchup

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: sugar and spice, all things nice…and ketchup

After my fibromyalgia diagnosis five years ago, I began to make significant changes to my lifestyle.

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Rhodedendron

Fleetneedles Forage: The Poison Garden

June 30, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Poison Garden

I recently discovered the existence of Alnwick Castle and The Poison Garden. Needless to say it is now on my top ten list of places to go.

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bluebells and trees

Fleetneedles Forage: more Spring flowers and their uses

May 11, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: more Spring flowers and their uses

After writing my last article about the properties of early Spring flowers, I realised I mainly research herbs with recognised herbal benefits, often overlooking the common wild flowers I have known all my life.

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Snowdrops

Fleetneedles Forage: Spring flowers and their uses

March 13, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Spring flowers and their uses

It might not always feel like it but Spring is finally here.

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Echinacea (purple cone flower)

Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

With Winter well underway, the next few months are traditionally chilly, drab and punctuated by an assortment of coughs, colds and viruses.

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Rosehips in a bowl

Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

Like many kids in the early 80s I was given Delrosa Rosehip Syrup whenever a cold threatened me.

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Besom Broom

Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The notion of witches has always fascinated me. It began in childhood when I read books about witches such as Meg and Mog.

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