Where to Collect Elderflower?
Once you know what you are looking for, you’ll find elder trees everywhere. The European elder thrives in hedgerows, which makes collecting it from the footpaths around the Helford or Fal Rivers easy. Elder prefer full sun, so look to the edges of woodland, and you’ll soon find it.
When gathering, remember that the elderberries that come from the flower heads will be a vital source of food for wildlife later in the year, so try not to take too many flower heads from any one tree. Simply pinch where the stems converge, or use a pair of secateurs.