The second week out the UKSN Community Challenge starts today! Learn about the UKSN and take part in weekly challenges, tasks and skills! Can you complete them all?
Don't forget to share your progress and pictures of your daily challenges on our Facebook group or in the comment section below.
This week you have 2 challenges to complete plus help UKSN by signing up to the website and exploring!
Five Things to Forage
Foraging is great fun and a fantastic skill to have. If you can forage - you will never go hungry!
You need to forage 2 of 5 key items locally and use to make a tasty treat.
Nettles are one of the easiest things to find and identify. From early spring pick young, pale green nettle tops. Did you know Nettles can be eaten raw but fantastic when made into a tea? To make a tea, simply add a few fresh tips to boiling water and remove when green.
You will generally find Wild Garlic in woodlands and carpeting the banks of rivers or streams. Pick young leaves form late march onwards and eat raw or add to soups, sauces and pesto. Even the flowers are edible!
Just be careful as, prior to flowering (April - June), they look very similar to the poisonous Lily of the Valley.
Elder The Elder is an amazing source of food and yields a double crop of goodies! From late May to early June you can find beautiful Elderflowers which is commonly used to make Elderflower cordial, wine or even Elderflower fritters! From late summer, look for purple elderberries which can be cooked and used to make juices, syrups, jams and chutneys.
Historically, the flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, swelling, inflammation, to stimulate the production of urine and to induce sweating. The bark was used as a diuretic, laxative and to induce vomiting. In folk medicine, the dried berries or juice are used to treat influenza, infections, sciatica, headaches, dental pain, heart pain and nerve pain, as well as a laxative and diuretic.
Very easy to identify and abundant throughout late summer and Autumn. The humble Blackberry is rich in anti-oxidants and can be eaten raw or cooked and made into jams, juices, pies and many other tasty treats.
There a many different wild nuts to be found in Autumn but chestnuts are fantastic eaten roasted, baked, boiled or even made into a pesto or stuffing. Sweet chestnuts are a forager’s treat, and filled to the brim with carbohydrates which means they are very filling. To roast, simply slit or cross the outer shell and cook over a medium heat for around 20-30 minutes.
The Phonetic Alphabet is important to know for a variety of reasons including radio communications. Strict adherence to the prescribed spelling words - is required in order to avoid confusion when using various communication methods.
You are interested in utilising UKSN Comms for an event so need to learn the entire Phonetic Alphabet.
See the diagram above for the entire Phonetic Alphabet plus their morse equivalent.
Sign up and Explore The UKSN Website
If you haven't joined the UKSN website - its time! Plus it helps to grow the community!
Step 1: Click the JOIN button in the top navigation bar
Step 2: Choose a membership package. We offer a FREE one to so don't worry, there is no pressure to join a paid tier!
Step 3: Explore the website