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June 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

introduction to ethnobotany course - wales

Our One Day Ethnobotany Experience

Let our experienced instructor guide you through key skills that our ancestors would have relied upon; using hedgerow medicine to heal ourselves, foraging for nutritious & tasty wild foods and having knowledge of plant, tree & fungi identification for a range of practical applications. This special course is all set against the backdrop of the historically themed Park In The Past, site of the UK’s only full-size reconstructed Roman fort.

Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people. You will look at how we interacted with plants, how we connected with them, how we have utilised them from the beginning of time and how we are turning back to them in our modern world.

So, whether you are interested in learning about trees, plants & fungi or the vast amount of different ways we can utilise them in everyday life, then this Ethnobotany course is for you. You will look at ecology, herbal medicine, foraging, uses of different woods, natural materials for fire lighting, making cordage, herbal teas and more.
This one-day course is an immersion into the knowledge of our ancient past which is perfect for both beginners and those who already enjoy the outdoor lifestyle but want to take their knowledge of bushcraft further. You will gain a deepened connection to nature whilst experiencing how plants and fungi have shaped us into where we are today. You will be introduced to a range of practical skills whilst connecting with your inner hunter-gatherer. These skills can then be taken for continued practise in your own time. Wherever you are on your journey into bushcraft we aim to bring your confidence and skillset forward to the next level.

Your tutor for this special course is Ethnobotanist and bushcrafter Ryan Knight-Fox.

  • Identify key plant & tree species that can aid the ethnobotanist
  • Make ointments using wild ingredients
  • Forage for seasonal wild foods
  • Discover wild herbal medicines & how to make them
  • Get crafty with whittling, artists charcoal & hapa zome art
  • Cook up a hearty & healthy meal over the campfire
  • Enjoy wild teas foraged from plants around you
  • Gather the best natural firelighting materials & uses for different woods
  • Craft strong & beautiful cordage from natural materials
  • See the natural world through the lens of ecology
  • Improve your health & well-being by reconnecting with nature

Event details

Date: Sat 22nd June, 2024

Time: 10am –  5pm

Venue: Park In The Past

Cost: £85

ethnobotany course in north wales

Your Tutor: Ryan Knight-Fox

Ryan is an experienced tutor, having been running his own woodland business Knight-Fox Wild About Learning since 2017. He is an Ecologist, teacher of Wildlife Identification & Tracking, Ethnobotanist, Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester, Forest School Leader and Coastal School Leader. Ryan trained under John Rhyder at the Woodcraft School studying on the year long Ethnobotany and Wildlife Tracking programmes.
He has worked with some great organisations such as Ray Ceredigion, DASH, Ieuenctid Tysul Youth, Coed Lleol/Actif Woods, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Coleg Ceredigion, University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Archaeology Department, Flying Start and some of the local nurseries and primary schools.

You can view more of Ryan’s excellent work via his website.

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Skills you will learn

Over the course of the programme you will learn a range of skills, including…


Hedgerow Medicine


Ancestral Skills


Reading the Landscape


Natural Cordage


Nature Connection


Greenwood Crafts


Tree & Plant identification


Hedgerow Foraging


Firelighting Skills


Campfire Cookery




Sharp Tool Skills


ethnobotany course in north wales

Book now

This course costs £85 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


June 22
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Park in the Past
Fagl Lane, Hope
Wrexham, Flintshire LL12 9HB United Kingdom
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1 Adult: Intro to Ethnobotany
Admits 1 adult to Introduction to Ethnobotany on Sat 22nd June 2024. 10am - 5pm at Park in the Past.
£ 85.00
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