First “Food for Free” walk of the year!


 For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mina Said and I’m doing a PhD at Leeds uni. I have been running these "food for free" walks for over 3 years now, have taught in excess of 250 people how to identify and prepare edible plants and funghi and will shortly be featured on a BBC gardening programme with Alys Fowler doing my foraging thing. 🙂  I run a number of Wild Food Walks and other events throughout the year to raise money for the "Nuru shelter and Education Centre", a charity that my aunt, sister and I run in Kenya. (more details on our Facebook page: .)All the money raised on these walks goes to fund the charity work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.

For those of you who have come on these walks before, there are a few changes this year. The walks now cost £15 per person, with a £3 discount for students on showing a valid NUS card (so £12 per person). I am also offerring a new deal where, if you buy blocks of three walks, you get a voucher for a fourth walk for free which you can either use yourself, or pass on to someone else so that they can give it a go too!* I decided to do this after seeing quite a lot of faces reappearing at the walks in different seasons. As these people realised, the kinds of plants available at different times of the year can vary hugely, and everytime they come, they learn something new. This gives you the perfect opportunity to come along to walks in all seasons, and truly learn what the green spaces of Leeds have to offer.

We will be leaving from Leeds university campus at 10am on Saturday 17th April from the Parkinson steps and ending up on campus again 3 hours later at 1pm. Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £15 (£12 for students) so that more people can afford them and join in the fun!

Anyone who wishes to come on these walks must email me in advance to book a place. Demand is quite high for them and I try to limit the numbers so that everyone gets as much out of the time as possible. If there are enough people interested, I tend to add an extra time slot and do one walk from 10am to 1pm and one walk from 2pm to 5pm.

I also do wild food walks on demand for groups and for these, I can come to your local area and show you what you can eat on your own doorstep. These walks make lovely presents and cost the same as my usual walks. (subject to minimum attendance). I also teach courses on preserving and show people how to make fruit leathers, jams, syrups, cordials, fruit cheeses, fruit vinegars and other preserves and will soon be featured doing this on a BBC2 gardening programme. The proceeds from these courses also go to support the work we do in Kenya.

Please feel free to email me at minamoo @ if you require any more information about the walks and should you wish to attend, please remember to let me know.




BP, oil and resistance in Colombia

An evening of discussion and food with COSPACC, a Colombian social organisation that works with communities in Casanare, the region where BP operate for oil.

This will be an an opportunity to find out about the social and environmental impacts of BP’s oil exploration and extraction, the responses of the communities, strategies for building social and poltical movements, and explore questions around energy sovereignty and control of natural resources in the context of global climate change.

Supported by Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Espacio Bristol-Colombia

When: Monday April 19th @ 18:30
Where: The Commonplace
Food: Dinner provided by the cafe collective

Please forward this email to interested groups etc!

A summary of Cospacc’s presentation of themselves:

COSPACC arose as a response to the state and paramilitary attack against the social organisations in Casanares. The few leaders that survived the forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, fled to other regions of the country with the aim of supporting other community processes.


In 2002, COSPACC was formed, bringing together displaced leaders, victims of the Colombian social and armed conflict. COSPACC aims to encourage the creation, the accompaniment and the strengthening of alternative community processes through education, capacity building, movilisation, investigation and dialogue.


Currently our work is structured around three themes

  • Education of Social and Community Organisations

  • Defense of the territory and natural resources

  • Human Rights and Victims


We work in three regions of Colombia; Casanare, Boyaca and Bogotá.


Our acheivements to date are:

  • The creation and strengthening of social and community organisations in Boyaca and Casanare.

  • Reporting, information, and raising awareness both nationally and internationally of the social, economic, political and cultural impacts caused by natural resource extraction in Boyaca and Casanare.

  • Early signs of the construction of a socially and environmentally sustainable energy policy

  • Legal processes against those responsable of human rights violations carried out by military and paramilitary groups against the civilian population.


‘End of the Line’ Screening, this Wednesday

 This week, Wednesay 14th, as part of the ‘harrowing wednesday’ series Rosehurst presents ‘End of the Line’, a documentary about the catastrophic effects of overfishing on the world’s oceans.


According to the website:

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans.In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.

It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.

One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population.

Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.

Cheek out for more details.

We’ll be having a bring a dish at 7.30 then start the film around 8.15. 

It’ll be shown on the big screen in the (relative) comfort of:


8 Grosvenor Rd