Brambles have an important ecological function, for example as hideaway for birds and small mammals. However, due to high nitrogen deposits from agricultural activities, plants like brambles and nettles start to overgrow other vegetation. Volunteers have to remove the vegetation over and over again. But how about the alternative? Why not using your creativity and start weaving with brambles!
Due to high nitrogen deposits from agricultural activities, plants like brambles and nettles tend to overgrow other vegetation. However, nettles do have useful properties. Leaves can be used in salads and smoothies and the seeds can be eaten directly from the plant or used dry in all kinds of dishes. Nettle seeds don’t have a strong flavour, so you can use them without worrying about dominating your dish. An easy and fast way of harvesting seeds is shown in the video below.
This video shows how we untied this creature in distress. What it doesn’t show is the remarkable circumstances by which I stumbled upon it. Without sounding woolly it really felt I was guided to it… We’re talking about 34 square kilometres of nature. And the deer was nowhere near a path. You’re allowed to wander off the trails in this area, which almost nobody actually does. But I did. It also means you’ll see places were probably no-one had been for a long time, perhaps years. That’s indeed quite exceptional for our crowded, little country.
Anyway, while I was strolling, suddenly this deer jumps up while I passed it closely. And the rest of the story… Is in the video below.