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Root Camp featured in The Telegraph

In 2012 award-winning food writer and journalist, Hattie Ellis, visited Root Camp and wrote about her experience in The Telegraph.


Root Camp: welcome to forage college for teenagers
Send a teenager to Root Camp and they’ll learn how to cook, from field to fork.

The minibus stops and eight teenagers pile out. They have spotted some late elderflowers at the top of a tree. Greg, a tall Polish boy in a Marilyn Manson T-shirt, works out how to get them down. With the balance of youth, he pirouettes on a gatepost to reach over. Success! Elderflower cordial is on the menu and a lesson learnt about the ingenuity of foraging.
This is Root Camp, a cookery school for teenagers aged 15-21, who are spending a week at the Fforest eco-camp near Cardigan and the Pembrokeshire coast learning how to cook, from the basics – bread, pastry, salads, fish, stews, curries – to preparing lunch for themselves. But this is a cookery school with a difference. While half the group cooks, the other half goes out in ‘the field’: foraging, weeding, sausage-making and the like, to give a broader perspective on food and the environment as a whole. In the evenings there are after-supper speakers and activities such as a night-time bat walk.

You can read the full article on the Telegraph web site, Root Camp: welcome to forage college for teenagers