At our last session of Woodland Wildlings we headed down the Nancy Teuch Path towards the birch woods and foraged for brambles and elderberries. We were very fortunate to find an abundance of these (although more berries seemed to end up in little tummies rather than in the collecting pots!!). There was also some great exploring going on and climbing up of slopes as well as great teamwork going as the children helped each other up and down the slopes.
We returned to the community garden with the remainder of our berry haul and set up a campfire on which to cook the berries and make jam! The children have been learning how to be safe around fire and they are very respectful of the safety rules. They helped to prepare the berries and we added them to our pot with some sugar and cooked them into a soft pulp. Our coulis/jam was delicious and we enjoyed dipping bread from the Community Fridge into our yummy berry treat.
As well as jam making, the children had requested to make nature art, so there was some foraging for sticks, Autumn leaves and conkers to get creative with.
Another lovely get together and we look forward to making some earth candles at our next session!
Autumn is definitely our favourite season!