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Fruits of the Thames

As part of Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone, a series of investigations into the Thames Estuary YoHa and Art Catalyst are holding three FREE workshops in Leigh-on-Sea to digest and map the Fruits of the Thames.

Mud Larks among the Eel grass with Paul Huxster

Digital Mapping, Introduction to Citizen Science with Andy Freeman

Wild eating amongst the rubble and chip wrappers with YoHa

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These workshops lead on from the workshop Eating and Smoking the Flowers of the Thames held in July 2014 at Leigh-on-Sea’s Maritime Festival.

Catastrophe can afford a certain optimism. Many would say the worst has already happened to Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, situated on the north bank of the Thames Estuary. From 1936 to the mid-1980s the site was used as landfill and a sewage works, leaking PCBs, DDT and other nasties into the salt marsh. Southend-on-Sea and Castle Point local authorities have little data about what lurks beneath the uneven rubble, plastic bags of dog poop, half-empty 1950s Brasso tins, chip wrappers and the ruins of long-forgotten Southend-on-Sea property booms. In 2004, the Island’s chemical cocktail leached into the genomes of surrounding shellfish percolating to public attention in Parliamentary questions.

In recent years Essex Wildlife Trust and a host of local volunteers have transformed the Island into a haven, allowing wild Essex to perch on top of its abandoned urban filth.  Today beautiful — and sometimes exotic — wild apples are tempting to eat, blackberries flourish and cry out to be jammed; fennel, shellfish and sea aster spring from once-contaminated soil. Two Tree Island is not too different from anywhere else in the UK, where the worst of poisonous substances and their potential hide beneath the surface.

Workshop Details

Wild eating amongst the rubble and chip wrappers with YoHa

(Joint workshop with Digital Housing Hub project and The Southend Food Culture project in association with South Essex Homes)

Date and Time:(weather permitting) Saturday 20 September 10am to 4pm

Picking up point: Leigh-on-Sea railway station, Belton Way, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET

Dropping point: The Fisherman’s Chapel, New Road Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA

YoHa will guide you through the potential hazards of eating wild herbs, plants and fruits of the former landfill site of Two Tree Island. We will meet you at the Leigh-on-Sea station and go for walk and collect edible plants along the way. After the walk we will move to Fisherman’s Chapel in Leigh where we will make some lunch out of what we harvest in the morning and taste them.

Protective clothing and equipment.

To take part in this workshop you will need comfort clothing and rainwear and walking shoes. Bring a small sharp knife or secateurs & a plastic containerfor harvesting edibles.

Mud walking June 2014

Mud Walking from Fran Gallardo on Vimeo.

Interview at the workshop “Eating and Smoking the Flowers of the Thames” on Leigh maritime festival July 2014

YoHa’s site about this project – click here.


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Wild eating amongst the rubble and chip wrappers with YoHa

Sat 20 September 2014

10:00AM

Ends: Sat 20 September 4:00PM

Picking up point: Leigh-on-Sea railway station, Belton Way, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET

Free

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