Forgaing for horseradish is hot stuff

Foraging fun:  Katie and Amy Civil look for horseradish with ranger Nathan Coughlan.                           Picture: Steve Parkin.
Foraging fun: Katie and Amy Civil look for horseradish with ranger Nathan Coughlan. Picture: Steve Parkin.

VOLUNTEERS were feeling hot, hot, hot – when they rolled up their sleeves and picked horseradish at a Sheffield nature reserve, then turned it into a delicious sauce.

The event took place at Sunnybank Nature Reserve off Ecclesall Road which is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.

Trust workers were joined by some young foragers as they combed the site for horseradish leaves.

Every year the trust carries out a series of practical conservation tasks at Sunnybank Nature Reserve to prepare the site for winter.

The reserve is one of the smallest managed by the trust and each year the small meadow area is cut so it will flourish in spring.

Beforehand workers and volunteers spent a day chasing and catching frogs at the trust’s annual Frog Rescue event.

It means the amphibians can be safely relocated to a new home while the meadow is pruned.

Staff were due back at the site again today to rake up the cut grass and put it into compost bins.