2020 Foraging Courses

Ever wondered which of the vibrant green leaves that pop up in spring are edible, or what our hunter-gatherer ancestors might have eaten to see them through a winter in West Yorkshire? Could you really collect enough wild food in local woodland for a whole meal…and would a chocolate covered mushroom taste as weird as it sounds?!

Our foraging courses near Hebden Bridge, Calderdale are a journey through the season and the senses. We focus on getting to know the land and its wild food in a deep, immersive way that makes it easy to continue learning, gathering and cooking at home.

 Full Day Foraging Courses including wild feast (10.30-3.30)

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Learn how to identify the edible plants, berries, nuts, seeds, flowers and mushrooms (season dependant) available and cook a foraged feast over the campfire for lunch. Our full days cover identification,  preparation and cooking, associated folklore, and nutritional & medicinal benefits. We also explore the uses of plants & mushrooms for bushcraft purposes such as fire lighting. Our tutors provide tasty wild samples along the way so you can engage all of your senses to get to know the plants and fungi more deeply. You might try traditional preparations such as cordials, vinegars, fruit leathers & tonics, or our more modern creations such as foragers chocolate and hawthorn ketchup. The day also includes some time for personal reflection and observation in nature.

At lunch time there is a foraged feast- we cook up a range of dishes with wild ingredients to share together.

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The cost for a full day is £60 or £50 concession. Handouts, lunch, hot drinks and snacks all included, with vegan and gluten free options available.

Half Day Foraging Course (12.30-4.00)

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Our afternoon courses also cover all of the above, minus the cooking and sharing of the foraged feast. You’ll learn how to identify seasonal edible plants with confidence, and we’ll share a range of recipe ideas for you to try at home. Explore plant folklore, medicine and bushcraft uses, and enjoy tastes of samples prepared by our tutors.

The cost for the course is £35 or £25 concession. This includes a selection of wild food samples and hot drinks. Bring your own packed lunch, we’ll have a break part way through the course to eat together around a campfire.

 

Foraging Course Tutors

 

You will be guided through the day by two of our foraging tutors. They are:

Leonie Morris – qualified Bushcraft Instructor & Wild Food Teacher

Miranda Cowan – Ecologist & Environmental Tutor

Sophie Wren- Forager & Wild Food Experimenter

 

Foraging Course Locations

Knott Wood near Savile Road, Hebden Bridge or Callis Community Garden, Hebden Bridge (details of exact meeting point will be emailed upon booking). Please note, the Knott Wood site has steep paths and uneven ground. Callis is a more easily accessible site, with some uneven ground but mostly flat terrain (although we may venture into nearby woods).

Please email us at info@livewild.org.uk if you have any access requirements or questions. To book click on the links at the top of the page.