Open Cambridge: Hedge Hoardings walking tour

Date/Time
Date(s) - 12 September 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Hedge hoardings is a walk around Kings Hedges, following the ward’s ancient hedgerows, discovering plants and foraging. Led by artist Hermione Spriggs and local forager/historian Cab Davidson, this event explores hedges as edible places that offer a bounty of wild food to humans and other animals. Our walk takes in the ward’s oldest remaining stretch of hedgerow, traces the path of ghost-hedges, and ends in the centre of Kings Hedges where a new work of public art is being developed.

For thousands of years, hedgerow has been planted and maintained as a human boundary-marker, demarcating parish boundaries, privately owned fields and common land. Kings Hedges takes its name from a royal hunting ground where hedges were planted to guide wild animals, making them easier to catch. Through observations of plant species and landforms present we can trace the history of Kings Hedges even further back to the Iron Age and the Roman occupation. Today, ancient hedgerow provides a safe haven for wild animals, also hosting a rich biodiversity of edible plant species for the human forager.

Date: 12 September 2021

Time: 14.00-16.00

Meeting point: The Busway, Orchard Park East, Cambridge, England, CB4 2WN

Booking: The event is free however spaces are limited and must be prebooked. To reserve a place on the walk please click here

 

Hedge Hoardings

For thousands of years, hedgerow has been planted and maintained as a human boundary-marker, demarcating parish boundaries, privately owned fields and common land. The area of North Cambridge, now known as Kings Hedges, took its name from a royal hunting ground where hedges were planted to guide the movement of wild animals, making them easier to catch. In contemporary Kings Hedges, ancient hedgerow provides a safe haven for the city’s wild animals, also hosting a rich biodiversity of edible plant species for the human forager.
For this historical foraging walk and to find out more about the foraging code and protecting plants and wildlife, come wearing comfortable footwear and clothing fit for the weather. This walk is not circular, so we advise using public transport to reach our meeting place. The Busway runs directly from Cambridge North Station to Orchard Park East.

This event is being held as part of Open Cambridge 2021, which will take place from 10 – 19 September 2021.

For further information on Open Cambridge events please visit www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

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