Wild Food Day Workshop

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 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.

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 30 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.

Course venue

Bayford, Hertfordshire

Our Woodland camp is based in beautiful ancient broadleaf woodland of 45 acres. Part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, the Bayford location is close to rail and road connections, (only half an hour from the M25, and near the A10) but entirely secluded, uninterrupted by public footpaths and secure with no public access. 

Rich in traditional timber species such as Oak, Ash and Hornbeam, there is also a significant understorey of Birch, Hazel coppice, and plenty of wildlife who share the site including Badger and Deer.

Next dates available

Sunday 29th April 2018 
Saturday 6th October 2018 


£90 per person. Over 18s only.

The day runs 0930-1630 with a lunch break. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing.
Booking your place

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1 Adult Place - £90
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2 Adult Places - £180
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Wild Food Day Gift Voucher
1 adult place - £90
Gift vouchers are also available to a specific value. Please contact us to order.
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