Well known as a writer and television presenter with an expertise in gardening, Alys’ talk was entitled Thrifty Foraging. She encouraged the audience of almost 200 to take a fresh look at foraging, emphasising the opportunities that exist closer to home, as well as in the fields and hedgerows of the countryside. There were also plenty of ideas of what to do with the fruits of a local foraging expedition.
After taking a host of questions, Alys stayed on to chat to the audience and to sign copies of her latest books Abundance and The Thrifty Forager.
Alys’ lecture was the third in the series of high profile talks organised by Edible Essex, the project that aims to encourage people in Essex to grow, source and use more local food. Previous talks have featured Christine Walkden and James Wong.
Edible Essex has published its own guide to foraging and has an active programme of training and events as well as providing financial support for the development and improvement of community allotments and orchards across the county. It also runs the high profile Packed Lunch Plot Competition, which promotes healthy eating to Essex Primary Schools.