Between May 2013 and May 2015, a team of volunteers spoke to people in West Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight who had foraged for wild food, and recorded the interviews. Some people had gone foraging during World War Two; others go out foraging in the present. Some came from families who had been in the area for many generations; others were more recent arrivals. All had fascinating stories to tell.
Talking about wild food led people onto many other memories as well – of conservation, herbalism, family, scrumping, gardening, keeping allotments, hens and chickens. Foraging means different things to different people and never exists in a vacuum. Rather, it is a way of relating to the natural world, to community and tradition, and to knowledge found in books and on television – as well, very often, as the source of an excellent meal.