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  • hilly 11:47 am on September 20, 2015
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    Sloe down 

    Hedgerow liqueurs 2015 poster

    It’s autumn and the wild fruit is ripe at Woodlands Farm: the season to slowly forage for sloes and damsons and prepare some sloe gin. Maureen from the farm wrote to tell us about a chance to make some Hedgerow Liqueurs next Saturday:

    Hedgerow Liqueurs
    Saturday 26 September 2015 10am-4pm
    Price: £20 (£15 members) 18+ years only
    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making. Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide-neck container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm. Book early as numbers are limited. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
    To book your tickets go to our website at: http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

    Tickets are available through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hedgerow-liqueurs-tickets-18554315457

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 8:54 am on September 25, 2014
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    Sloe, sloe quick sip sloe 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs 2014

    Hannah from Woodlands Farm e-mailed to say that the sloes on the farm are ready to be harvested already, a lot earlier than usual, so they have hastily arranged their annual Hedgerow Liqueurs day for Saturday 4th October 2014 :

    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited
    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities and bring a packed lunch

    9.45am—3.30pm
    Price £15 (£10 members)
    18+years only

    You can contact the farm to book a place by phone on 020 8319 8900 or by e-mail on woodlandsft@aol.com

    There’s another new arrival to visit at the farm: a British White calf  born recently, seen below with her mother Clover.

    Clover the British White and her new calf at Woodlands Farm

    Clover the British White and her new calf at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 6:32 pm on October 14, 2013
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    Delicious Hooch 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs flyer

    Autumn is a fruitful foraging season, and Woodlands Farm is a fruitful place to forage for sloe berries and wild damsons. They will be foraging on Saturday, and using some of the fruit they gather to make Sloe Gin. Barry Gray from the farm wrote with details:

    I attach a flyer for our autumn forage for sloes and wild damsons, with an opportunity to make sloe gin. This is a chance to see Woodlands Farm in autumn, hunt for wild fruit in the hedgerows and learn to make delicious country liqueurs in time for Christmas. Every participant leaves with a bottle of delicious hooch!

    HEDGEROW LIQUEURS

    Saturday 19th October 2013
    1.00—5.00 pm
    Price £8 (£5 members)
    18+ years only
    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited

    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities

    You can contact the farm to book a place by phone on 020 8319 8900 or by e-mail on woodlandsft@aol.com

    Just so you know what to look for there are some photos below of sloe berries on the blackthorns at the farm, and there’s a Sloe Gin recipe in a previous post.

    Sloe Berry at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berry at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 2:52 pm on October 10, 2012
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    Sloe Season at Woodlands Farm – Bring Gin 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines leaflet

    Maureen from Woodlands Farm sent me details of their 2012 Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines event on Saturday 20th October:

    Saturday 20th October 2012
    1.00pm-4.30pm
    £10 (£8 for Woodlands Farm Trust members)
    Over-18s only
    Join us for a tramp around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited.
    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

    To whet your appetite for sloe gin there’s a reminder of how it is made in this previous post.

    While there you might like to drop in on their latest arrival – a little white bull born to Ennis, one of the farm’s Irish Moiled cows, yesterday evening. I hear there might be a competition to name the bull at the Woodlands Farm Apple Day on Sunday. Meanwhile here are some photos of Ennis and her calf…

    Ennis the Irsh Moiled Cow and her new calf

    Ennis the Irsh Moiled Cow and her new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

     
  • hilly 11:07 pm on October 3, 2011
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    Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines at Woodlands Farm 

    Harumph, just when you thought you were winding down, Woodlands Farm ask for a mention…oh well, can’t really refuse them of all people…plus, I recently noticed they had some fine looking blackthorn bushes brimming with sumptuous looking sloe berries, which reminds me to get foraging myself. Sloe berries can also be found in Oxleas Woods and Shrewsbury Park, and now is probably as good a time as any to collect some, although some people wait until after the first frost, which sweetens their taste a little.

    Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines

    Saturday 8 October 2011
    1.30pm-5.00pm
    £10 (£6 for Woodlands Farm Trust members)
    Over-18s only
    Pick your own fruit to make exciting hooch for Christmas using wild damsons and sloes.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice, together with a container of at least 1 litre capacity with a wide neck (larger than 2.5cm).
    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

     
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