On Saturday 27th June, the Grove Adventure Playground organised a wonderful summer fair for the children and families in the Loughborough area. Invisible Food and Ceri Buck had a stall where you could taste nettle tea (good for detox), peppermint, yarrow and elderflower (good for colds) and lemon balm and lime flower tea (very relaxing).
You could also taste Ceri’s second batch of nettle beer, brewed and bottled a week ago. It tastes a bit like ginger beer and you get the fizz from the yeast.
The Rosemary at the Wild Herb garden near Angell Town estate is beautiful at the moment. Here was a focus on the power of Rosemary to aid memory. You could take away a sprig and write on the space something you want to remember. Then keep the sprig or make tea with it or pop it in a bottle of wine for a couple of weeks to infuse its power there.
At 3.30, a group of 4 adults and 6 children explored the Elam Street space finding yarrow, mallow and nettles in abundance, some kind of cabbage, lime flowers, wild rocket, plantain, dead nettle amongst others.
While over at Elam Street space we played ‘Pinging the plantain’ – a game where you loop over the stem of a plantain around the seed head and ping it off. It takes a bit of practice. After this, 2 of the young walk participants invented their own game of popping the bindweed flower out.
Invisible food will be back at the Grove Adventure Playground over the summer for more play with plants and wild food. Thanks to all at GAP – Sonia, Tanya and Maureen + all the others whose names I don’t know – for all their hard work.