As Banana has now started school, our bucket list ticks are going to become a weekly thing. This is because it wouldn’t feel right ticking things off our list without her, so we’ll be saving our activities for the weekends. This is part of the reason why our Autumn Bucket List is quite a lot shorter than our Summer Bucket List . (Don’t worry I have some ideas in the making for Duckling during the week)
This weekend, we had some glorious September sunshine, so we decided to make the most of it and forage some Hazelnuts. My mum knew of a place with loads of Hazel Trees, so off we headed with my girls and nephew in tow. Just look how beautiful a day it was…!
We found the Hazel Trees and got to work, and the first thing I discovered is that the trees are masters at camouflage, and hide their fruit really well beneath their broad leaves. At first I was useless at finding them and had to rely on my mum and the kids to begin filling the bag.
After a while, I got accustomed to what we were looking for and was eventually able to contribute to the bounty! Hazelnuts are great things to forage for young children because their branches and leaves grow quite close to the ground, so smaller children are able to reach. Many of the nuts had fallen onto the ground and because of their hard shell, are perfectly fine to gather too.
We spent a good 45 minutes picking and gathering Hazelnuts and the children gathered lots of knowledge about where our food comes from as well as safety around what we can pick and eat. (Namely, only if an adult has said its ok!) We gathered quite a bounty of nuts that we will dry, ready to get the nutcracker out at Christmas time.
It was also a good opportunity to search for creepy crawlies and we found plenty of tree snails, butterflies and a ladybird, which Banana loved.
A really, lovely day of educational family fun. I’ll update you on my nuts later in the year (!)
Do you know of any other fruits/ veg/ nuts that can be foraged in the UK at this time of year? I’m always looking for new suggestions!