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Fleetneedles Forage

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

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Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

No one who watched the BBC‘s recent War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita could fail to be affected by the reality of plastic pollution on our planet.

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Bumble bee and chive flower

Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

As a proud emblem of Manchester’s industrial past, the bee has always been a familiar symbol.

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“I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

My journey with voice training goes back generations.

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Blackthorn in flower

Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

May 6, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

Although I’m a forager through and through, two things have slowed my enthusiasm for rustling through the hedgerows of late.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

Every year I try to pin Christmas down – an atmosphere, a perfect gathering, a woodland walk on a crisp December day.

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Moor fires, image by Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

It’s been a weird summer over here at Fleedneedles Forage.

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Hawthorn

Fleetneedles Forage: May Trees

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: May Trees

The month of May is always the blossom month to my mind, but as the apple, pear and cherry blooms begin to fall the hawthorn is just coming into its own.

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slug and grapefruit

Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

We have some pretty resilient slugs down our way happily munching lots of things, not least foxgloves, a plant they are supposed to loathe.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

March 29, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

As the first Spring shoots appear, my mind inevitably wanders to what more I can squeeze into my little garden.

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Wine making, Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

January 5, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

So 2017 has departed and most people are trying to stick to whatever New Year’s resolution they’ve set themselves.

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