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WILD FOOD & FORAGE DAY

Spend a day learning to identify edible wild plants and fungi, Take a leisurely walk with our qualified ethnobotanist and Chief Instructor Graham Couling, and forage as you go. 

We will take a walk of discovery as we see what the hedgerows, fields and woodlands have to offer before returning to our camp kitchen where we will put the cook fire to good use, and try the food we have identified and gathered on our walk..

WILD FOOD & FORAGE DAY OVERVIEW

We will meet a range of plants and learn to identify those which are edible, and of course the toxic ones we need to avoid, including the plant attributed with killing more people than any other, Hemlock (Conium maculatum), which can be easily mistaken for members of the carrot family, particularly Cow Parsley.

We will seek out edible roots, seeds, leaves, flowers, and fungi, according to the season, learn the essential identification characteristics of each species we encounter and then put the wild flavours to the test back in camp.

You will also learn other bushcraft uses for the plants and trees we encounter such as for tinder, cordage and medicine.

TIME SCHEUDLE

The day runs from 0930-1630, and as we will be out for a good part of the day you will need to bring a drink bottle and packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing.
Tea coffee and biscuits will be supplied at our camp.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Learn to identify at least 50 species of wild food

  • Learn to recognise common toxic non-edible plants

  • Cook and try a range of wild flavours

  • Learn about foraging and the Law

Conducted from an expedition-style teaching environment in a beautiful mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with an eco-friendly composting toilet.  The camp fire is under cover, and acts as a communal area with a hot kettle constantly on the fire, coffee, tea, biscuit tin and squash available all day.

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PAST EXPERIENCES

"Have done two courses now and have really enjoyed them both! Would definitely recommend to anyone and a big thank you Graham for teaching us so much and making it so enjoyable"

LUCY LYNCH

UPCOMING DATES

  • 20 Oct 2024, 09:30 – 16:30
    Polaris Wilderness Adventure, Private woodland Brickendon Lane Bayford Herts SG13 8QB
    Spend a day learning to identify edible wild plants and fungi, Take a leisurely walk with our qualified ethnobotanist and Chief Instructor Graham Couling, and forage as you go.
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