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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 –Apple Futures  

Fleetneedle’s Forage: You’re the apple of my eye

September 22, 2022 No Comments

As we approach the end of a long, hot summer, most fruit and vegetables are becoming ripe a good few weeks earlier than usual.  

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Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

A few weeks ago I discovered a sensory garden in Southport’s Hesketh Park. It was largely overgrown but, through the mass of unruly vegetation, I could see there was a wealth of foraging delights. I decided to return at peak flowering season knowing it would make identification easier.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The street food you can enjoy for free

July 14, 2022 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The street food you can enjoy for free

It’s been an eventful couple of years. Now I’m settled, for the time being at least, it felt like a good time to return to my roots – foraging. The cost-of-living crisis won’t have escaped anyone’s attention. Food prices in particular have risen astronomically and it’s no surprise that people are struggling to make ends meet, with some skipping meals and using food banks to get by.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

I prefer Halloween to Christmas.

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Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

Embellish with Relish, written by the co-founder of the Hawkshead Relish Company Marie Whitehead, is a treat.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

Since cultivating my bee garden, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the life cycle of bees. I’ve fancied doing a beekeeping course for ages so I was over the moon to be able to visit the hives at Manchester Cathedral.

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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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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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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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