Congratulations to Northumberland National Park Authority and Kielder Forest Park who have successfully achieved dark sky park status. A deserving recognition of just how special a place we have here in Northumberland.
Stargazers are hoping that a remote part of Northumberland will become Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park – read more
Wild plants to be used to improve our food – Telegraph
British botanists are to undertake a worldwide hunt for 450 wild relatives of common food crops in a project that could lead to new fruits and vegetables.
Return of ‘gin berry’ bushes to England – Telegraph
Juniper bushes in England have been brought back from the brink of extinction, ensuring the fragrant berries can continue to flavour gin and tonic.
Bilberry ice cream, what a brilliant creation, or as they say in Denmark, “probably the best ice cream in the world” and i’d have to say I would agree with them. With the recent heat wave the bilberries have swelled to massive proportions making their harvesting quicker and more productive than usual. This year we invested in a couple of berry pickers, a kind of comb on a basket that speeds up the harvesting. The result has been a bumper harvest and enough berries to experiment with a few deviations from the traditional pies and jam. So this years favourite is bilberry ice cream and milkshake. If you would like the recipe click here.