Beneath the shade of our forest school site lies a bed of nettles that children occasionally want to hack down so they don’t get stung, however year one have been learning about nettles and making good use of them over their last two forest school sessions. They learnt that the Romans used to flagellate themselves with nettles to keep themselves warm in our Northern environment and that they are the primary host plant for Red Admiral Caterpillars. Carfeully equipped with gloves and scissors, children collected the top few leaves from the plants to add to nettle risotto, which we cooked over the fire and shared at snacktime. Children really engaged with the idea of foraging food for free. One group asked for the recipe and one child asked whether we could repeat the exact same session on their next visit! Older nettles were pulled up from the patch to keep it under control and used to make cordage.