Ten Edible and Medicinal plants to keep an eye out for this spring

Lemon Balm, no 5 Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis is a member of the mint family, it has a strong lemon scent and is a perennial growing up to 80cm tall. The leaves grow in opposites they are stalked and oval shaped they also have slightly…

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Making a protective case for a crook knife by Adrian Watkins

Not having any sort of protective case for my crook knife I decided to make one, I had a small piece of kitchen work surface which was a cut off, made of Beech. I cut the piece of beech just big enough to accommodate the…

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Serious Outdoor skills, Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness skills

Serious Outdoor skills, Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness skills are now on www.ukactivitybreaks.com

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Ten Edible and Medicinal plants to keep an eye out for this spring

Ramsons , No 4 Ramsons, Wild Garlic, Stinking Nanny, Londoners lilies and stinking Onions are all common names for Allium Ursinum. Ramsons are a perennial plant that grows in damp woods, shady meadows, hedges and stream sides. You will find the plant growing in large…

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Serious Outdoor Skills are now listed on the Tamar Valley Tourism website

You can now find Serious Outdoor Skills on the Tamar Valley Tourism website at www.tamarvalleytourism.co.uk Helping us spread the word for future events and courses.

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Ten Edible and Medicinal plants to keep an eye out for this spring

Alexanders, no 3 Alexander’s, smyrnium, alisanders, and horse parsley are all common names for smyrnium olustratum. Alexander’s grow in abundance near the coast and are quite often the first of the New Year’s greens to shoot in the hedges and waysides. You will find the…

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Ten Edible and Medicinal plants to keep an eye out for this spring.

Jack by the hedge, no 2 Penny hedge, poor man’s mustard, Garlic root, Jack by the hedge or garlic mustard, alliaria petiolata is a biennial plant belonging to the cabbage family. The plant can be found around the edges of woodland, hedges, scrub and gardens…

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Ten Edible and Medicinal plants to keep an eye out for this spring.

The stinging nettle,no 1 Over the next ten weeks I will publish a post on my blog about some spring time plants to keep an eye out for that has both edible and medicinal uses. I will post one a week starting this week with…

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Knife making by Adrian Watkins

This knife is a typical bushcraft style knife it has a carbon steel blade, 3mm wide, the blade length is 9.5cm, handle 10.5cm, made with camel bone scales and brass pins. The leather sheath is veg tanned, wet formed and hand stitched. I,ve kept it…

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Making a Swedish fire stove

A few days ago I had a couple hours to spare so I set off into the woods to practice some skills. I set out to make a Swedish fire stove, this is a fire purposely constructed to boil water up fast. I wandered around…

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