Scottish Borders Brewery, The Big Tree Society held their first foragers camp near Ancrum, Scottish Borders at the weekend. Twenty people from all over Scotland and the NE of England were selected to participate in a weekend Wild Harvest Foragers Camp.
This challenging event organised by Scottish Borders Brewery will create six new beers using plant materials collected throughout the year. This unique open experiment in brewing looks to form a committed supply chain of foragers that will supply sustainably gathered local ingredients.
The two days hosted by project partner The Big Tree Society were led by expert forager and author Miles Irving who took the participants through an intensive induction in safe plant identification, the importance of responsible collection and the possible and future potential of selected plants in beer flavourings and aromas for the Wild Harvest project.
From a textile designer to a taxi drivers and a management consultants to a midwife a very varied cross section of future foragers took part. Many of them committing to becoming part of a unique supply chain for Scottish Borders Brewery Wild Harvest products.
Thanks to Lothian Estates for giving us permission to walk through their beautiful and abundant landscape at Harestanes, near Ancrum, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders