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Seasonal Foraging and Natural Crafts - A day of nature connection

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Loch Ardinning

Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve

Strathblane Road

Glasgow

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EVENT RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE - SATURDAY 8TH JUNE

Seasonal Foraging and Natural Crafts - A day of foraging, nature connection and natural crafts at Loch Ardinning Wildlife Reserve

Facilitators:

Lauren Lochrie - Herbal Homestead

Joni Mackay - Joni Mackay Forest School

Join us at the beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve, Loch Ardinning. We will explore the Loch and the surrounding woodland, taking a closer look at the native plants that grow here, sharing our knowledge of traditional folklore and how they were used by our ancestors.

We will forage in their footsteps, gently harvesting some seasonal plants to create dyes for fabric and herbs to prepare medicines, pausing along the way to connect with our senses as we try some wild tea preparations.

Later, we will gather around the fire to prepare our pots for natural dying, learn to prepare some herbal medicine and explore different handcrafts such as weaving and natural cordage making.

- This walk is intended to provide an introduction to some of our most common seasonal herbs and how to prepare them. It is aimed at beginners to foraging and anyone interested in learning new approaches to natural crafts. We are passionate about sharing knowledge and helping people to deepen their understanding of and connection with the natural world.-

What to expect?

  • 09:30 - Meet at Loch Ardinning Wildlife Reserve

  • Morning - Wander through the woodland, connect with nature and meet our native plants. Gently harvest for use in the afternoons crafting and herbal preparations. Enjoy some sensory tea tasting.

  • 12 noon – Lunch round the campfire where we will be warm and sheltered. The kettle will be on and we will have hot drinks but please bring your own lunch.

  • Afternoon - A relaxed afternoon around the campfire with the opportunity to try a range of natural crafts and make some herbal preparations. Joni will guide you as we prepare our pots of natural dyes and begin the fabric dying process. Lauren will teach you how to use your harvested plants to make herbal medicines.

  • You will leave the day with a herbal preparation, a piece of dyed fabric and the inspiration and knowledge to get started with some of your own adventures in sustainable foraging, herbal preparations and natural dyes.

  • 15:45 – Time to say goodbye, pack up our camp and leave with no trace.

Where? Loch Ardinning, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve, Strathblane Road (A81), Stirlingshire

Learn more about Loch Ardinning HERE

Parking available at road side.

Public transport - Buses B10, 10A, run from Glasgow City Centre. Nearest Train Station is Milngavie, a 10 minute drive away.

** This event will take place outdoors in all weathers. As expected in a Scottish woodland it may be wet and muddy so please wear warm layers and waterproof clothing. Sturdy boots are recommended, we will be walking through woodland on rough paths that may be muddy. Our walking pace will be slow and we will stop regularly to talk about the plants we meet on the way.

** The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme high winds or severe storms. If the weather forecast forces us to make the decision to cancel we will contact you 24 hours before the event to confirm the cancellation. We will reschedule a date for the event and your ticket will automatically be transferred.

About Us:

Lauren Lochrie

Lauren Lochrie works for TCV - (a community volunteering charity), managing and training groups of adults across Glasgow and further afield, to improve green-spaces for people and wildlife. As a zoologist, with a passion for nature and adventure, Lauren has travelled to India, Trinidad, Guatemala, Ecuador and Bulgaria to study local wildlife and traditional crafts.

Volunteering herself in the past two years as a Science Leader for British Exploring Society, Lauren helped young people engage with the amazing biodiversity of the Canadian Yukon wilderness and the high-altitude mountain
regions of the Ladakh Himalayas.

Lauren is currently developing a nature connection and natural wellness business called Herbal Homestead, she recently secured a place on the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER's, Wild Food Training Programme. Lauren is working on her diploma in Permaculture Design and is studying with the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine as she has a natural affinity and love for herbalism. Particularly, Lauren is fascinated by the beneficial health properties of plants that are underfoot and all around.

Joni Mackay


Joni grew up in the wildness of the Scottish Highlands, naturally developing a great love for being outdoors and an appreciation of the natural world. She believes that through learning and living outdoors we develop practical skills, gain confidence and resilience, all of which support our ability to succeed when we return to the workplace, classroom and our day-to-day life.

Joni is a Level 3 Forest School Leader and lover of herbalism and natural crafts. She delivers Therapeutic Forest School programmes, workshops and training events in and around Glasgow. Through her love of textiles and pattern Joni has explored several different approaches to fabric dying. She became fascinated with using natural dying processes to avoid the use of chemicals and pollutants and through a mission to work in harmony with the
natural world. This exploration and understanding of the properties of our native Scottish plants has led her to delve deeper into the world of Herbalism and live more closely attuned to the turn of the seasons. She has studied ‘A year of wild food and medicine’ with Grass Roots Remedies - Herbal Cooperative, based in Edinburgh. This year is for personal development and self study and she will move on to year 2 of her studies in 2020.



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