Essential equipment: old washing-up or gardening gloves, scissors, a large bag, ideally a dog or a friend and a tune to whistle.
Keep your eyes open as you walk and when you stop every now and then to admire the view, check around your feet. You will be amazed how often something delicious and edible is growing there.
Try to keep the different types of leaves and flowers you collect more or less separate in your bag, otherwise you will have to spend precious minutes separating them once you are back in the kitchen.
Do remember that not every foraging expedition is going to result in armfuls of natural bounty, so don’t worry if you return home empty handed. The simple exercise of looking for plants and herbs is soothing in itself, and above all enables you to reconnect with the natural world.
Always double check that your bounty is safe to eat.