Last Monday, 16th April, I spent a wonderful morning with Jessica Bonenfant Coogan and Lou Stepney-Power.

I had met Lou and her boys, Tom and Sam during one of our Creative Killeagh Sensory Trails. I noticed Sam’s interest in these dark green plants, which were spread thickly across the woodland floor. Sam introduced me to Wild Garlic and he encouraged me to taste it.

What a wonder he shared with me. Thank you Sam.

I was delighted in my learning and intrigued to hear about his mum’s making of pesto from these Wild Garlic leaves.

Following the Sensory Trail, I made contact with Lou and asked if she would share her experience and knowledge of this plant with me. She generously responded.

We walked out into Glenbower Woods together.

We smelt, tasted, walked, shared, searched for and chose.

Lou shared stories and her knowledge of other plants and trees with me.

We took only as much as we needed.

We stepped carefully, trying to avoid standing on plants.

On returning to Lou’s home, we made Glenbower Wild Garlic Pesto. The transformation in colour as we whizzed up the ingredients absolutely delighted my senses.

We tasted our produce and reflected on the time we had spent together. I felt much energy and excitement in learning about other foods and drinks that could be made with ingredients from our local environment. Elderflower and elderberry cordial, jams from the Autumnal berries, gorse added to ice cream or as a yellow dying agent.

Thank you Lou, Tom, Sam and Jessica.

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