A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests

An authoritative new companion for sustainable foraging

Are you a forager? If you dream of being more connected to the landscape and all the bounty it can provide, look out for this invaluable guide, published in July 2012. From the team who produced A Handbook of Scotland's Trees, this new book will inform you about plants from fields, woods and seashores, as well as firewood and seaweeds. You'll discover well-tried recipes from Scottish kitchens - from nettle haggis to blaeberry muffins - and a wealth of woodland and hedgerow materials you can use in the garden or home.

The book is a partnership project between Reforesting Scotland and the Scottish Wild Harvests Association (SWHA), with the information drawn together from expert members of both. Many are professionals in the field, and all of them know their plants and materials thoroughly from years or decades of experience. Their entries abound in useful information on habitat, history, uses, lore, and how to distinguish a useful plant from similar species that are not.

As well as providing a good introduction to foraging in Scotland, the book contains enough detailed tips and insights to be of real interest to experienced gatherers as well. (The editorial team can vouch for this!)

The Handbook is available direct from Reforesting Scotland - contact the Reforesting Scotland office for details - and also from the publishers, Saraband. Retail price is £12.99, but if you are buying from the RS office, ask about special offers for members of RS and SWHA.

The launch of the Handbook was celebrated at the 2012 Big Tent festival by members of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association; the Edinburgh launch was held at Blackwells bookshop in Edinburgh. Editor Fi Martynoga has made various appearances, including taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe Book Festival, and being interviewed by the BBC. More news about the Handbook plus links to reviews can be found on the publisher's website.

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