The foraging theme will be part of a climate of exploration in the Festival’s programme, which will also be marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the Moon, 50 years ago this month. There will be accounts of plant-hunting in the mountains of Turkmenistan, of the return home of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship, and the search for the lost Franklin expedition.
The programme will also feature the story of the expedition to the West African island of Principe, 100 years ago, to measure the path of starlight in a total eclipse of the sun, and provide the proof that catapulted Albert Einstein to international stardom.
The full Festival programme is to be launched next week, and in the meantime the Foraging Fortnight plans are being announced across Scotland, with four other areas taking part along with Orkney – Moray, Fife, Lanarkshire, and Forth Valley and Lomond.
The Foraging Fortnight initiative has developed with funding from the Scottish Government and the EU through the LEADER programme. Its aim is to encourage people of all ages to participate in exploring the outdoors, safely and responsibly. Foraging Fortnight will run from 31 August to 15 September, with the Science Festival taking place from 5-11 September.
There is more information about the Foraging Fortnight and the Orkney events on the Science Festival website.