Dog rose, Rosa canina
You can use the flower petals in salads and jellies. The fruit hips, full of vitamin C, can be made into syrup for pancakes or ice cream. Avoid the hairs inside the hips, they irritate the throat.
When and where to find it:
The flowers can be picked in late May to July. The fruits will start to appear in late August to November. The fruit is best when softened by the first frost. Usually found growing in hedgerows, woodland edges, scrub, roadsides and routeways.
A scrambling shrub, growing up to 4m with arching prickly stems. Large pink or white scented flowers. You may remember using the hips as itching powder from your childhood. Also known as Rose hips.
Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.