Ingleby Beck, Church Plantation

A Woodland Trust wood straddling Ingleby Beck just downstream of the Church of St. Andrew in Ingleby Greenhow in the Vale of Cleveland. At this time of the year, the damp wood floor is a carpet of ramsons or wild garlic filling the air with the smell of garlic. The leaves of the plant are very nutritious, eaten raw as a salad or boiled as a vegetable. It makes a cracking soup. Archaeologists have found ramsons pollen in pre-historic excavations suggesting that the plant was at least used as animal fodder. Obviously, the residents of Ingleby Greenhow won’t be too happy if these plants are foraged.

“Eat leeks in March
and ramsons in May,
and all the year after
physicians may play.”

A Welsh proverb
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