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.
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.
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.
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.