Date(s) - 01/07/2015
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Diemerpark (Diemerparklaan entrance)
This walk will be through the beautiful Diemerpark. We will take a look at lots of locally growing plants. We will talk about their uses, history and folklore as well as how to use them. I’ll also teach you about how to forage safely and show you some interesting poisonous plants.
Diemerpark is a very interesting place, not just because of the lovely wildlife and views but also because of it’s history. Until 1983 it was a landfill site! From 1998 to 2001 the disused site was cleaned up (as much as possible) before being sealed with 26 m of concrete, clay, impermeable seals and a deep layer of soil. Foul groundwater and gases which emerge from the old landfil are captured, diverted and cleaned up by a clever system of pumps and filters. The plants which grow here do not have access to ground water so there are interesting shallow rooted plants, trees and shrubs.
Because of the history of the park, we will not be harvesting to eat from the area but we can learn a great deal from visiting the plants. It is also an ideal place to explain why one of my foraging rules is to pick very lightly from a variety of places.
Cost 10 Euro per adult.
River of Herbs volunteers, accompanied children and my herbal apprentices – Free.
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