DO, LEARN, EVENT One, Two, Tree!
The National Tree Council are asking people to collect and pot seeds from healthy trees this month. With increasing numbers of tree diseases taking hold, it’s important to make a positive effort to stop the spread. If you’re heading for a walk in the country or park, look out for healthy trees, gather seeds and germinate and grow them in pots. Growing trees from local seed can have great benefits in restocking areas with trees of local provenance. The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to the local circumstances are more likely to flourish and so help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces. Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts. Find a seed gathering event near you here
LEARN and EVENT Know Your History
October is Black History Month. This is the 30th UK event, and 90th American, and there are a host of events grouped under its umbrella. See stage productions aimed at all ages at London’s Canada Water Culture Space, enjoy storytelling in Leicester or join an African Arts Sunday School in Croydon. The Guardian has an excellent collection of related articles here and ideas for teaching here. We’ve also curated a list of our favourite books to inspire you and your kids to learn more about the culture and achievements of people of black and ethnic minority heritage here.
DO and RECIPE Witchy Hazel
It’s hazelnut season. Take a trip into your nearest woods to harvest yours, the green, ‘wet’ fresh ones taste very different from the hard, brown fellas that come in bags and packs. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s stuffed peppers and homemade nutty chocolate bars are delicious, while Babble’s hazelnut-encrusted brie and hazelnut-topped hummus are, as they claim, heavenly.
EVENT Urban Produce
Enfield’s Capel Manor College’s annual City Harvest Festival brings together the finest produce and most beautiful animals from urban farms across London. See blacksmith and food demonstrations, meet animals from shire horses to call ducks and ferrets, and see the wonderful produce grown in London’s network of community farms and gardens; everything from giant sunflowers, to mini-gardens, Bangladeshi gourds and chickpeas – all grown in London. Saturday. Adults £7, kids £4. Family ticket £20.
EVENT, LEARN, RECIPE Harvest Home
The Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot, runs this year from October 4–11. Traditionally, over this period, Jewish people eat as many meals as possible in a ‘sukkah’ – an open-ceilinged tent that is situated outside. Why not try some traditional Jewish food (there’s a collection of challah bread recipes here or some delicious butternut squash latkas here) in a blanket sukkah in your garden? You could even do some Sukkot crafts, or, if you’re in London, head to JW3 for an afternoon of sukkah decoration making this Sunday.