• Hay-Day Walks

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    Discover more about Cumbria's upland hay meadows and the work being done to restore them on the Hay-Day walks.

    Hay-Day Walks

  • Protecting Wildlife For The Future

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    Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust conserve the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria for the future.

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Nature's Harvest

Nature's Harvest

For most of human history we have been foragers, roaming the forests and fields to collect food for the table. With the advent of agriculture and hunting the need to find our food amongst the hedgerows declined; some of the wild foods which large numbers of the people used to collect - mushrooms, nuts, berries, flowers - have also dwindled as habitats have changed since the war. With the increased interest in environmental sustainability, concern over ‘food miles’ and desire for ‘local food’, 'wild foraging' as it has become known is again increasing in popularity.