Adele Nozedar’s Foraging Walks at Hay Festval…
As part of the Hay Festival that’s going until the 10th June 2012 local author Adele Nozedar writer of the Hedgerow Handbook tells us for this week’s Walk Wednesday about exploring around the picturesque parts of Hay-on-Wye and searching for some edible foods…
“Hay is positively frothing right now, and I’m not only talking about the star-spangled glitterati who have started converging on the town for the 25th Hay Literary Festival!
The hedgerows, too, are getting to be very exciting; the lacy handkerchiefs of cow parsley are bobbing in the breeze, the dog roses are in bud, and best of all, my favourite hedgerow ingredient, elder blossom, is just beginning to arrive at the party!
If you’d like to have a closer look, I’ll be leading walks, with bushcrafter Ann Johnson, every day from this Sunday 3rd June. We leave from the foyer festival at 9.30am so be there about 10 minutes before. If you want to be assured of a place, contact Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages for priority booking. The walks will last between 60 to 90 minutes.
The walk we’ve worked out is just gorgeous, encompassing tame hedgerow as well as the wild stuff; a stream; waterfalls, woodland, common and heathland and the most amazing views of the festival site itself; the contrast between the serenity of the green fields and lanes and the fizzing excitement of what’s going on under all those white roofs is absolutely breathtaking.
What do we expect to see? At this time of year, everything is pretty hectic in the hedgerow, and I expect to find something new every day. Watercress, comfrey, the full range of ancient hardwood trees, a positive bouquet of wild flowers…All ages and levels of fitness catered for.
Come and join us! Meet in the Hay Festival foyer at 9.30 am from Sunday 3rd, except for Saturday 9th when we’ll start at 2.30pm. You can also join me and Lizzie Harper at our talk, 6.45pm on Wednesday 6th June at the Digital Stage. Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages are on 01874 676446.”