Spring in the woods is an exciting time for foraging wild foods with fresh spring greens sprouting up everywhere. Join us as we explore the world of edible plants. “Food tastes better outdoors” is a common phrase but it tastes even better when you have gathered and prepared it yourself.
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April 23, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm£60
Edible wild plants 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.”
- Take a guided foraging walk through the woodlands
- Gain confidence in identifying a variety of edible plants
- Learn how to prepare chicken over the fire without pans or foil
- 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
- Try baking your own delicious 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
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.
Skills you will learn
Over the course of the programme you will learn a range of skills, including…