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Wild Food, Foraging & Wilderness Cookery

September 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Autumn in the woods is the perfect time for foraging wild foods. Join our expert guest tutor, Dave Watson from Woodland Survival Crafts as we explore the world of edible plants, fungi and wild game. “Food tastes better outdoors” is a common phrase but it tastes even better when you have gathered and prepared it yourself.

Edible wild plants and fungi are often viewed with suspicion and thought to be bitter or tasteless, only to be eaten as a last resort. But to the forager, our woodlands and hedgerows are full of tasty and filling wild food opportunities.

This one day course looks at some of the best and tastiest ways to enjoy wild food. From our basecamp set in the ancient woodland at the National Trust’s Erddig estate we will be exploring the forest and hedges in search of “food for free.”

If we get enough interest in this event then we will add a second date on Sunday 15th September. Last year this event sold out, so grab your tickets whilst they last 🙂

  • Gain confidence in identifying a variety of edible plants & fungi
  • Learn how to prepare fish and game
  • Understand the four main cooking areas of the campfire
  • Create sustaining meals using wild ingredients
  • Confidently identify, prepare and consume a wide variety of wild foods
  • See a demonstration of baking bread in a dutch oven
  • Learn how to forage with a sustainable approach to the habitat
  • Enjoy a range of wild foods freshly prepared by you and the tutors at basecamp

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The course costs £55 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. The day begins at 9.30am and finishes as 4.30pm. You can get your tickets at the bottom of this event page.

About the Tutor

dave watson from woodland survival craftsDave Watson has over 30 years of bushcraft experience. He is the lead tutor at Woodland Survival Crafts. The business was established in 1995 following a 10 year career in outdoor activity centres.

Dave’s passion for ancient survival skills, or ‘bushcraft’ as it has become known, stems from his teenage years when he spent much of his time wandering around Britain in semi-wild places trying to live off the land.

Dave views the subject of bushcraft as an exciting and inspiring tool suitable for everyone, to teach life skills, environmental education, and history as well as being a perfect basis in which to impart sound spiritual lessons.

In 2007 Dave instigated the development with the Instistute for Outdoor Learning of the Bushcraft & Survival Special Interest Group. This has resulted in the development of training and assessment for outdoor practitioners in the key skills to promote safe practice and understanding.

You can see Dave in action by watching our short video filmed during one of his Spring foraging courses.

James and Lea from Woodland Classroom will also be there on the day to share their growing knowledge of foraging and woodland wildlife. James has promised to bake up a fresh loaf of bread in his dutch oven for all to enjoy whilst Lea will share her experience on the medicinal uses for the wild herbs we find.

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About the Venue

Erddig lies right on the doorstep of Wrexham town, easily accessible off the A483.

Erddig is home to Grade I listed gardens. Tours are given daily to visitors or you can freely explore the impressive walled garden, now restored to its 18th-century formal design. With rare fruit trees and a National Collection of Ivies, Erddig’s garden is a very special place.

Visitors can learn about its history, design, restoration and conservation. Discover how this magnificent garden is managed today. Then, in your own time, revisit your favourite parts, or just sit and relax.

Explore a much-loved home, garden and 1,200-acre estate filled with the stories of a family and their servants. Discover life above and below stairs in a unique family home that’s captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century.

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Venue Facilities

Whilst you’re enjoying everything our course has to offer, perhaps the rest of your family can enjoy visiting the National Trust property for the day and might want to take advantage of the many things Erddig Hall & Gardens has to offer…

  • Tea-room and restaurant
  • Take home a selection of peat-free plants in spring and summer
  • Try a bottle of Erddig’s own cider
  • Gift Shop with a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas
  • Daily tours of the hall and gardens
  • Free parking
  • The Wolfs Den, a 2.5 acre natural play area for little ones
  • 1,200 acre parkland to discover

You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.


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September 14
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Erddig Hall & Gardens
Erddig Hall
Wrexham, Wrexham LL13 0YT United Kingdom
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1 Adult: Wild Food (Autumn) 14/09/19£55.00Admits 1 Adult to Wild Food, Foraging & Wilderness Cookery on Sat 14th Sept 2019 at Erddig, Wrexham. 9.30am - 4.30pm