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Fleetneedles Forage

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

Moor fires, image by Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

Aug 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

Apr 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

Mar 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)

Jan 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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Glastonbury pod

Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

Aug 23, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

My first trip to Glastonbury was to the festival in 1995 when the town was a passing blur before we joined the throng.

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Hot pink rose

Fleetneedles Forage: The Roses of the North

Jun 27, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Roses of the North

Roses are an enduring icon of the North: red for Lancashire and white for Yorkshire.

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Bramley apples

Fleetneedles Forage: how do you like them apples?

Mar 10, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: how do you like them apples?

Apples are taken for granted in our supermarket multi-choice world.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Deck the Halls

Dec 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

Oct 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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