Another Inspirational Visit to Forest School for Hanbury

22 Jun 2018

This week we collected elderflowers and made elderflower cordial, elderflower tea and elderflower fritters! Yum!

We found out that elderflower contains bioflavonoids, mostly flavones and flavonols, that are most commonly known for their antioxidant. anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties – they’re wonderfully good for you!

The young people were able to enjoy the wonderful smell of the elderflowers, which when mixed with lemons, was totally delicious!

Another wonderful recipe from the countryside – try this!


  • 25 flower heads
  • 3 lemons (zest and juice)
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1.5 litres of water


  • Arrange the elderflower in a bowl (leave the stalks sticking up out of the water), pour hot water over them, cover and allow to soak
  • If you don’t have muslin you can line a colander with a clean tea towel. Pour boiling water through the tea towel before use, to make sure it’s as clean as possible.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined colander and once drained, give it a squeeze to get all the juice out.
  • Add the zest and juice of 3 lemons and 1 orange
  • Add sugar to the pan, heat gently and then pour into sterilised bottle using a funnel. It is important to sterilise the bottles properly or your cordial will go mouldy very quickly.
  • Seal the bottle and allow to cool. I like to leave the cordial for a couple of days after bottling to allow the flavour to develop.
  • It can be diluted with water or carbonated water and is also tasty drizzled on cereal, fruit or made into an elderflower jelly

Try drinking it with crushed mint leaves on warm days.

Bring on the sunshine!

Donate Now