Chickweed flower (Stellaria media)

One of the most common plants growing in temperate climates, Chickweed quickly spreads to cover bare soil when all other plants are still falling asleep in the coldest months.


Burdock flower (Arctium lappa)

A common sight alongside pathways and in open fields, Burdock grows prolifically all over the British Isles. Easily identifiable by their thistle-like flowers and the bur seed heads, the long taproot attracts the interest of the forager.

Daisy, Common

Daisy flowers (Bellis perennis)

One of the most common wildflowers, Daisy grows virtually on every single lawn. This ubiquitous herb has long been used for its medicinal properties – it’s time to rediscover its benefits.

Flowering Currant

Flowering currant in bloom (Ribes sanguineum)

A popular ornamental shrub with pendent clusters of bright pink tubular flowers, Flowering Currant is a commonly planted shrub in gardens and parks all over the country, occasionally naturalised in woodland edges and hedgerows.

Oregon grape

Oregon grape berries (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon Grape is a common ornamental shrub in parks and gardens that is not actually related to Grape Vine. The berries are of interest to the forager and are best used to make a number of preserves.

Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn berries (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Sea Buckthorn is a thorny shrub found along the British coast. The sour berries are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants and can be used the same way as citrus fruit. This is an essential pick for coastal foragers.


Barberries hanging from the bush (Berberis sp.)

Barberry is a common ornamental shrub planted in parks and gardens. The berries are much appreciated in the Middle East for their culinary uses, though it’s not easy to find good edible varieties growing wild in the British Isles.