Plants & People: An Ethnobotanical Journey Through The Plant Kingdom



An audio journey through the wonderful wild world of plants. Episodes cover modern and ancient ways wild plants have been used in human culture as food, medicine and utilitarian uses.


  • EP39: What's That Plant

    20/05/2021 Duración: 01h02min

    Mark Duffell is one of Britain's foremost botanists and ecologists. We discuss... The best way for beginners to learn plant identification. Why the ecology of a plant is important to know before harvesting. Forager or pillager? Which one are you? How to overcome your fear of botany and science jargon. Why learning plant families is important. Sustainability and commercial wild food harvesting. Is there a problem? How ecology can guide us to live harmoniously with the Earth. Full show notes at

  • EP38: Let's Talk Trespass

    15/04/2021 Duración: 01h03min

    Nick Hayes author of the 'Book of Trespass' discusses the reason why Right to Roam is so important to the nation's mental health and wellbeing.  Why access to the countryside helps people deepen their connection to nature so they become better stewards of the planet. We discuss the concerns landowners have over littering and damage to their property including fences, gates, livestock etc. Also covered is the criminalising of trespass and its potential impact on already marginalised communities, as well as the rest of the general public. How will it impact your life and liberty? Show notes at

  • EP37: Sound Walks

    09/04/2021 Duración: 01h05min

    Emma Welton, a musician who lives locally to me discusses listening as a nature connection practice. How active listening can develop a deep empathic relationship with the natural world. The section on using sound to identify trees is very revealing. As well as creating soundscapes of botanical gardens and different habitats where plants grow. If you have followed my work for any length of time, you will know that I teach sensory engagement with plants, yet the practices I teach can be applied to the whole of the natural world. Show notes at

  • EP36: Nettle Eater

    18/03/2021 Duración: 46min

    Tom Hirons is a nature based poet and storyteller. In this interview we discuss his work and how as creative humans we can all express our inherent wildness through creative and magical acts. Show notes at

  • EP35 Plant Talk: Silver Wattle, Darwin's Barberry and Catkins

    08/03/2021 Duración: 07min

    A quick plant talk on silver wattle, Darwin's barberry and catkins which I found a few hundred metres from my house.

  • EP34: Prison Plants

    18/02/2021 Duración: 41min

    Nicole Rose runs Solidarity Apothecary which materially supports revolutionary struggles and communities with plant medicines to strengthen collective autonomy, self-defence and resilience to climate change, capitalism and state violence. Show notes at

  • EP33: Foraging, Rewilding and Nature Connection

    12/11/2020 Duración: 40min

    Lucy O'Hagan takes us on a journey exploring ancestral ways and rewilding, foraging and nature connection. Why do it and how relevant is it in a hyper connected digital world. Show notes at

  • EP32: The Fantastical Delights of Fly Agaric As Food and Medicine

    16/10/2020 Duración: 39min

    Fergus Drennan and Courtney Tyler discuss their pioneering work exploring the cutting-edge of food and medicine using the fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria). Show notes at

  • EP31: The Importance of Ethnobotany - An Interview with Mark Nesbitt

    21/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelationship between people and plants, historically and cross-culturally, particularly the role of plants in human culture and practices, how humans have used and modified plants, and how they represent them in their systems of knowledge.

  • EP30: Edible City - Urban Foraging During Lockdown

    13/04/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    John Rensten (author of Edible City) discusses how to keep foraging in a city during the coronavirus lockdown. How to stay safe, keep your distance and why foraging is vitally important for mental and physical wellbeing.

  • EP29: Calm Ease

    20/03/2020 Duración: 11min

    A discussion on foraging, stillness and mindfulness as a way to work with difficult feelings during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

  • EP28: Introducing Plant Talk

    04/03/2020 Duración: 04min

    Introducing Plant Talk, a new supplement to the regular Eatweeds podcast show that encourages and prompts you to deepen your relationship with plants.

  • EP27: Be Your Own Authority - A Forager's Perspective

    13/12/2019 Duración: 35min

    Chris Holland (Talks With Tellers) interviews wild food author and forager Robin Harford. They discuss the importance of restoring vital connection to the ecosystem. Teaching plants through the power of story. Empowering self and community through sensory-based nature connection practices and more.

  • EP26: Herbalism With Attitude

    03/12/2019 Duración: 53min

    It’s round two with the Seed Sistas. Britain’s most irreverent herbalists. For the past few years, they have been making waves in the plant community. Overthrowing the colonialism that has turned herbalism from something we all used to do, into a profession where you’d think you need a PhD just to touch a plant! Colourful, fun and full of vim (No, not the cleaning product), they discuss: why plant medicine is for the people. how they got threatened with jail time for selling a herbal balm. why educating people in self-care and herbal rebellion is a revolutionary act. Always a laugh, never tame and with firecracker energy that makes the Y2K firework display look positively drab. The Seed Sistas are a joy to listen to and an inspiration for anyone who wants to wrestle control of their health back from Big Pharma, and government control. Hold on to your knickers. Here we go…

  • EP25: Edible Acorns - The Forgotten Food

    17/09/2019 Duración: 56min

    Acorns are a massive, under-utilised and forgotten food source. Join Robin Harford (your host) and Marcie Mayer (Europe's foremost acorn food producer), as they explore the edible uses of acorns as a food and in cooking. How to properly process acorns to remove tannins. Long term food storage. Acorns nutritional content, as well as establishing community acorn festivals around the country, plus much more.

  • EP24: Nutritional Cultural Identity

    12/08/2019 Duración: 40min

    Masanobu Fukuoka's one-straw revolution inspired Krishna McKenzie to start his own organic farm in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. In this interview he talks about the importance of nutritional cultural identity, wild food volunteer plants, soil fertility, and collective wellbeing.

  • EP23: Wild Tea Ceremonies & Celebrations

    17/06/2019 Duración: 21min

    How to create your own local wild tea ceremonies and celebrations for community building and wild wellbeing.

  • EP22: Foraging The Future, Sustainability & Vital Connection

    12/11/2018 Duración: 49min

    An interview with Miles Irving, author of the Forager Handbook and creator of The Wildbox, on why we must include humans in our conservation models in order to look after wild spaces. Why foraging is sustainable. How foraging can help feed an ever growing population, and how we can restore our vital connection to Land.

  • EP21: From 19th Century Famine Potherb to 21st Century Hipster Food

    05/11/2018 Duración: 01h02min

    Lukasz Luczaj presents Kew’s 19th Annual Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture.

  • EP20: Discovering New Wild Edible Plants With Łukasz Łuczaj

    26/10/2018 Duración: 24min

    A poisonous plant in one culture can be a food plant in another. In this rare interview, one of Europe’s leading ethnobotanists, Łukasz Łuczaj shares his passion for wild food plants. Prolific in his research, Łukasz reveals some surprising facts about what is considered ‘food’.

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