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Poisonous Plants Every Forager Should Know (Online Workshop)
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July 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

poisonous plants every forager needs to know

Kickstart your foraging journey & walk the wild food trail.

For our latest Wild Food & Foraging workshop, we’re serving up something a little bit different… a poisonous stew of plants and fungi that’s to die for 😉

If you’re someone who already enjoys foraging or are looking to start, then this workshop is an essential guide to the most common hazardous plants that you need to know. You will learn which wild foods have poisonous lookalikes and how to tell the difference so you can forage safely and with confidence.

Our online foraging workshops started in the first lockdown and have continued to be a hit ever since, as people want to learn how to make tasty meals from the wild plants around them. Each month we host online workshops on wild food and foraging. But it’s about time we turned out attention to those plants that can cause us harm. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

We get a lot of questions on this subject; “Can I confuse wild garlic with anything hazardous?”, “Are all red berries dangerous?” or “I’ve heard parasol mushrooms give you an upset stomach, is this true?” As you can see, there’s a lot of confusion out there. So, let’s lay it to rest for you in this workshop and answer as many of your questions as we can.

You will also get top tips from our special guest speaker Michael Brown, The Historic Gardener and author of Death In The Garden; Poisonous Plants & Their Uses Throughout History.

Although this is a serious subject we’ll also be having some fun discovering the many nefarious and deadly ways these plants have been used historically. Michael has been giving popular talks on this subject for years and we know he’s going to surprise and entertain us with his vast experience.

Ye be warned! Many of these deathly plants may already be taking root in your very own garden.

A ticket costs just £11 per household. These events are selling out quickly, so grab your place whilst you can 🙂 Everyone has loved these workshops so far and they’ve been really popular.


* Identification of Commonly Found Poisonous Plants

* Know Your Deadly Lookalikes

* Discover the Folklore of Hazardous Herbs

* Historical Uses for Poisonous Plants

* Special Guest Speaker: Michael Brown, author of Death In The Garden: Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History

* Q&A Session: put your questions to us

The workshop will last 1hr 30 mins and will be hosted via Zoom.



The cost is £11 per household. So, feel free to cram as many family members around the screen as you can 🙂

Once you have your ticket, we will follow up with an email for you to register for the Zoom meeting, following which you will receive the Zoom meeting link and entry password. So, look out for that.

Please note, tickets are non-refundable.



Our guest speaker for this workshop is an expert in the subject of poisonous plants. Michael Brown is known as The Historic Gardener, holding an MA in Garden History and gives talks and displays on gardening through history from the Romans to modern times for organisations including The National Trust and English Heritage.

He is the author of Death In The Garden: Poisonous Plants & Their Uses Throughout History. The book includes everything from the surprising basil, to the mythical but very real mandrake, sharing tales of treacherous and peculiar plants, their defensive and deadly traits, as well as the folklore that has grown around them.

“Mankind has always had a morbid fascination with poisonous plants; how their poisonous properties were discovered and developed will most likely be left unknown. Over the centuries poisonous plants have been used to remove garden pests, unwanted rivals and deceitful partners. They have also been used for their medicinal qualities, as rather dangerous cosmetics, even to help seduce a lover when perceived as an aphrodisiac.”

Event details

Date: July 13, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue: Zoom Meeting

Cost: £11

michael brown - the historic gardener

Your Tutors: James & Lea Kendall

James is the Head Bushcraft Instructor at Woodland Classroom, having worked in environmental education & conservation for over 10 years. James’ approach to teaching  steers his students toward fostering a deeper connection with nature through understanding the landscape around us; “Bushcraft skills are an effective way to do this as we learn how to make use of natural materials and live lightly with the land, whilst also connecting with our own ancient past by seeing the land through the eyes of our ancestors.”

Lea is a qualified Counsellor and Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting practitioner. She is a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. Lea is an active forager, passionate about how we can use common plants for both food and medicine. She enjoys making her own tinctures and medicinal remedies for treating common ailments.

James and Lea Kendall from Woodland Classroom
poisonous plants every forager should know

Skills you will learn

Over the course of these monthly workshops you will learn a range of skills, including…


Campfire Cooking


Hedgerow Medicine


Tree & Plant identification


Hedgerow Foraging


Nature Connection


Campfire snacks


Reading the Landscape


Bushcraft for families

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This workshop costs just £11 per household and is open to anyone. Children are welcome to attend with their families, though please note the content will be taught at an adult level. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


July 13, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Zoom Meeting


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


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