Foraging for wild food from edible seaweeds and shellfish to wild herbs, edible wild mushrooms, roots, fruits and nuts
There's plenty of wild food growing all around us.
7,000 years ago, our ancestors in Britain started growing their own food but
before that the only option was foraging for wild food; we hunted wild animals and picked wild plants to eat. It
was really important to know edible plants and wild mushrooms from poisonous
plants and poisonous toadstools; it
was literally a matter of life or death!
is a big subject but the activity leader has been foraging for wild
food and wild mushrooms in the north east since the early 1980s and has a wealth of
knowledge and experience
to share. All our wild food foraging activities are practical and hands on.
You’ll be out in the fields, woods, riversides and coast exploring the
wide range of edible and poisonous plants and wild mushrooms to be found,
getting plenty of useful tips on
discussing preparation and also doing some tasting. In addition to safe
wild food foraging we'll also cover a bit on foraging and the law to keep you legal!
As well as our half day foraging sessions we also run workshops for
chefs and also outdoor practitioners who want to run wild food foraging activities with their
own groups. These are much more intensive days but are very rewarding
for those who want to explore wild food
in greater depth. If you'd like
to book one of these workshops but aren't a practitioner don't
worry we will tailor the day to start where you are and build on that.
a quick line to say how much I enjoyed your course yesterday, I was
curious of how much you could teach in two hours, but was blown away by
how much we covered. Your knowledge and passion showed throughout, so
much so I am going to sign up for the “The North East Wild Food Club”
"Just wanted to say thank you for the foraging workshop yesterday – it
was wonderful, really inspiring and informative. Everyone really enjoyed it and
got a lot from it"
"Thank you for an extremely enjoyable and interesting
afternoon I will certainly recommend this experience to friends"
some fantastic feedback from our volunteers who joined you on Saturday,
said how knowledgeable and engaging you were so thanks again!"
ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher
for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.