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shiraschnitzer Aug 23, 2011 02:46 AM

Any sightings/recommendations most appreciated.

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  1. Paprikaboy RE: shiraschnitzer Aug 23, 2011 08:09 AM

    There's always been quite a few in South Norwood Country park , when I've been running there and know a few people who pick there.

    Not sure about this year though.

    http://www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/par...

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      gembellina RE: shiraschnitzer Aug 23, 2011 11:40 AM

      Clapham Common.

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        Jenny Sheridan RE: gembellina Aug 25, 2011 02:33 AM

        They were very early this year. I picked about half a kilo on Putney Common on monday but they were small and not very delicious, but should be fine for jam. I also found a plum or perhaps damson tree. Too high to reach but some good windfalls, though the rain will have wrecked them I guess.

        There are mulberry trees in Kew Gardens!

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          gembellina RE: Jenny Sheridan Aug 25, 2011 02:38 AM

          I saw them on Clapham Common earlier this week and they were very small too, a lot them were still green so I was going to go back at the weekend and see if they had got any better.

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            gembellina RE: gembellina Aug 28, 2011 10:59 AM

            On closer inspection (never having been into the bushes on Clapham Common!) it turns out that a lot of people do go into the bushes and leave lots of evidence of their al fresco activities rather too near the fruit. Ick.

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        damien76 RE: shiraschnitzer Aug 26, 2011 01:25 AM

        OK I've moved from the area recently so i can broadcast my former favourite spot...

        A specific part of Wimbledon common - walk west past the windmill in the direction of Richmond park, through the car park, down a slope and then up to the top of a mini hill.

        The extra altitude and lack of trees seems to produce fat, juicy, sweet berries if chosen properly.

        Bring an umbrella with a hook handle, be warned it may be coming to the end of the season their soon as they arrive slightly earlier than the rest of the common..

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          Peckhampam RE: shiraschnitzer Aug 26, 2011 12:43 PM

          the best by far is Nunhead cemetery. Very juicy...but you are leaving it a bit late.

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            shiraschnitzer RE: shiraschnitzer Aug 29, 2011 10:37 AM

            Thanks all for the recommendations. Unfortunately, didn't make it. Maybe next year?

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