Have you ever wondered which of the berries that appear in autumn are edible, or what our ancestors might have eaten to see them through a winter in northern England? Could you really collect enough wild food in local woodlands 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.
2022 Foraging Course Gift Vouchers now Available
Our Foraging Course Gift Vouchers are a popular choice for Christmas and Birthday gifts. Once you’ve purchased a voucher, we’ll send you a PDF printable gift certificate to give to your recipient. They can then book themselves onto any 2022 Foraging Course of the same value. We always have lots of dates to choose from throughout the year.
About the Courses
2022 Foraging Course (11.30-3.30)
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Our in-depth courses cover identification, methods of preparation and cooking, folklore & history, and the nutritional & medicinal benefits of the plants and fungi we find. You will be offered tasty wild samples along the way as well invite you to engage all of your senses to get to know the plants and mushrooms more deeply. You might try traditional preparations such as cordials, vinegars, fruit leathers & tonics, or our more modern creations such as forager’s chocolate and hawthorn ketchup. The day also includes some time for personal reflection and observation in nature.
During a break for lunch, the tutors will cook up or prepare some of the wild finds from the day over a fire to share together.
The cost for the course is £50. This includes a selection of wild food and drink samples, cooking demos over the campfire, identification guides and recipe sheets. Bring your own packed lunch, we’ll have a break part way through the course to eat together around a campfire.
2022 Foraging Course with Wild Lunch
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Learn how to identify the edible plants, berries, nuts, seeds, flowers and mushrooms of the season and have a foraged feast cooked for you by our tutors over the campfire. The courses cover identification, preparation and cooking, history & folklore, and nutritional & medicinal benefits. We also explore the uses of plants & mushrooms for bushcraft purposes such as fire lighting and first aid. Our tutors provide tasty wild food 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 forager’s 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.
~ Rose and elderflower cordials
~ Common hogweed floret and ramson seed tart
~ Potato salad with pickled ash keys, wild garlic & sorrel
~ Wild leaf and flower salad
~ Hogweed tempura
~ Rose chocolate truffles
The cost for a Foraging Course with Wild Lunch is £80. Lunch, snacks, an identification handout, recipe sheets and snacks are all included. The additional ingredients we use in the lunch are always locally-sourced and organic wherever possible. We can cater for a range of dietary requirements including gluten free and vegan.
New Foraging Course
Courses during Covid-19
We have made adaptations to our courses in line with current government guidance on Covid-19. You can read more about this here.
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 email@example.com if you have any access requirements or questions. To book click on the links at the top of the page.