Interest in foraging has grown as people seek to reinvigorate their connection to nature, cut down on meat consumption, and adopt eco-friendly behaviours. Once led by luxury restaurants looking for unusual, local ingredients, why are people signing up to learn how to forage for their dinner?
John Rensten runs Forage London and organises urban foraging events, wild food walks, and mushroom forays in London, Dorset, and Hampshire. He is the author of The Edible City: A Year of Wild Food.
Julia Horton-Mansfield runs Wild about Pembrokeshire and leads foraging courses and walks around the lanes, green byways, and coastline of the historic Cathedral City of St Davids.
Sophie McCandlish is the agricultural correspondent of The Yorkshire Post and The Yorkshire Post Country Week.
Anna Foden is a Manchester-based writer. She studied Japanese, politics and sociology and writes on culture and business trends. She can often be found in a cinema watching a biopic or Star Trek.
Green-fingered retirees were once the archetypal gardeners but now urban Gen Yers and Zers are waking up to the many benefits of tending plants, whether they’re in an allotment, window box, or the home. But how do these garden gurus differ from their parents and grandparents?
Parsley Health in NYC is has taken it upon itself to revamp the stuffy doctor's office, designing it with more holistic, natural biophilic elements in mind. Parsley is tapping a trend that sees people reconnect with nature – a trend that is postively impacting upon people's productivity.
Britons are having a love affair with plants. From terrariums and cacti to Living Walls and hanging baskets, they want to tap into their affinity with nature. With urbanisation making the natural world more difficult to access, biophilic design is reconnecting people to nature in built environments.
Swale is a public 'food forest' that floats along the Bronx River on a barge. Re-connecting urbanites with nature and local produce, it invites city-dwellers to forage and pick a selection of fresh produce for free, demonstrating how the sharing economy can be effective in its truest form.