Enjoy our simple step by step Create guides devised by professional artists and foragers for Friends Around the Table. Absolutely no experience is necessary, these activities are accessible for most people and can be undertaken in your own time.
Each guide welcomes you to explore food and nature in new and exciting ways to bring some relaxing and creative activity to your day. Once you have had a go, why not share the skills you have learned with a neighbor, friend or family member!
Caitlin Howells has an apple tree in her garden that continually drops windfalls. Here is an activity and what inspired the activity.
“My partner gets annoyed by them lying all over the place, so he collects some up, and others we leave out, for the birds.
I started to arrange them into pleasing designs, which can either be moved later on or simply left where they are to allow the blackbirds to feast off them through the coming hungry months.
I then got really excited about arranging the various gluts of vegetables we’ve grown over the summer – there’s a limit to how many courgettes you can eat – or been given by our neighbours and friends.
This is such a plentiful time of year – arranging the fruits and vegetables does not feel like a waste. On the contrary, it’s like a celebration of their beauty and value – it’s a way of saying thank you to the land.”
Simply collect up the windfalls, or overgrown courgette or the beans that have turned leathery during the draught, and arrange them in pleasing patterns.
You might like to work with just one type of fruit or vegetable, or you might want to mix them up a bit – whatever you end up creating, please photograph your windfall or vegetable glut arrangements and email them to us; we can’t wait to see your land art.
Land art – also known as earth art – is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself or making structures using natural materials. It can be done on any scale – for example, this giant mandala, created out of apples and black soil.
You will need
A tree in your locality or garden with lots of windfalls.
Or a glut of vegetables you have grown or been given.
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