Plantago Major also known as Greater plantain, broadleaf plantain, waybread, rats tail and whitemans footprint
The common Juniper can be found in Europe, Asia and North America.
Auricularia auricula-judae is a fungus found growing on dead Sambucus.
Achillea Millefolium grows all Europe and can be found far and wide.
This series aims to bring you Herbalism on the trail
Lycoperdon Perlatum is a common fungi found worldwide
If you can't find water in the environment around you, you can search for certain plants that can provide a drink
The leaves when picked young are very glutinous, they can be used in soup to thicken it. The roots can be boiled until thick and used to make marshmallows
You can eat the ripe berries raw or use them with apples in pies, crumbles, jams or fruit leathers. Dried leaves can be used to make tea.


The small fruits are a sweet foraging treat. You can eat then straight from the shrub. You can also chop them and eat with cereal, pancakes, salads etc. The dried leaves make a vitamin C rich tea.
Will grow into a very large tree if not coppiced. Often slender for a big tree, tapering towards the top. In woodland, it will develop a very tall, straight trunk.
Q. robur is ultimately a large tree; heavy limbed, spreading with twisted branches and broad crown which will become broader than tall.
When growing in the forest – tall dome on upward facing branches on top of long straight trunk.
A small to medium sized tree with a straight, clean trunk. A fairly open and uncluttered top with branches pointing cleanly upwards. Hardy.
A large tree (up to 25m) with a solid trunk. The spreading crown is often high. Branches take an upward direction but droop at the thinner ends.
Use the leaves in salads or stir fries. You can also add them as an ingredient in soups etc.
Great stir-fried with oil/butter and garlic and eaten with potatoes and other vegetables.
The leaves can be a little bitter on their own, best to mix with other salad leaves.
The leaves are great in salads and fish. They have a sharp lemony flavour due to the low quantities of oxalic acid.
Leaves are juice and delicious in salads or on sandwiches.
Messy-looking, dense, twiggy, spiny, spreading. Generally looks like a big bush rather than a tree. Can form impenetrable thickets. Can be surrounded by suckers. Hard to see any central trunk.