Foraging & Herbal Medicine
Courses in London
Come along to a wild food walk and learn which plants you can and can’t eat, where to find them and how to prepare them. My London foraging courses will equip you with the skills to:
- begin identifying wild plants yourself
- forage sustainably
- understand the risks and benefits of using plants for food and medicine
- prepare your own wild food at home
Each walk lasts 3 hours, covering at least 20 different edible wild plants. Along the way you can sample some tasters of foraged syrups and tinctures.
Walks booked on this site cost £35 per person, please click ‘Buy now’ to book a place via PayPal. Concessionary rate for unwaged/ low waged is £20. To book at this rate just send me an email with the date and the number of places you would like to reserve. There are a maximum of 15 places for each walk.
Terms: Please note, I require 2 weeks notice if you need to cancel a place and receive a refund, otherwise I will not be able to offer a refund (this gives me time to find a replacement).
Upcoming dates 2017
26 August, Saturday. Burgess Park, SE5. 11am.
3 September, Sunday. Springfield Park, E5. 11am.
23 September, Saturday. Burgess Park, SE5. 11am.
21 October, Saturday. Mile End Park, E3. 11am.
19 November, Sunday. NW3. 11am.
2 December, Saturday. N16. 11am.
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Other foraging courses
For more London foraging courses, as well as autumn mushroom walks outside London, take a look at my friend John’s website: http://www.foragelondon.co.uk/walks-courses/
For other herbal medicine walks and workshops in London, try Handmade Apothecary, run by my herbalist friends Kim and Vicky: http://www.handmadeapothecary.co.uk/
To find a foraging tutor near you outside London, explore the directory on the Association of Foragers website: http://www.foragers-association.org.uk/index.php/members
Please get in touch using the form below if you have any questions about the walks or if would like to organise another walk in your area.
About the foraging courses
Coming on a wild food walk is a great way to learn about your local environment, connect with nature and gain practical skills that will enable you to find food for free. During the walk you will be introduced to a wide range of edible wild plants and discover their many uses throughout history, from food to clothing to medicine.
By learning some simple identification skills and engaging your senses in the search for wild food, you will soon find that going for a walk will never be the same again. Materials will be provided to ensure that your learning does not stop once the walk ends. There will also be samples of some food and drinks prepared from wild plants.
Although London may not sound like the best place for foraging, it is actually a city with a surprising amount and variety of plants that continue to flourish both in spite of, and even thanks to, the urban sprawl that surrounds them.
As a member of the Association of Foragers, I am signed up to the principles of the organisation, that promote best foraging practice and safety.
I am happy to organise an event to suit your needs, covering foraging and/or herbal medicine, which can include a walk and/or cooking, cocktails or herbal remedy making workshop. In the past I have had private bookings for birthdays, hen parties, work days out, cocktail bars and one to one tuition, please get in touch to discuss possibilities.
Previous walks have taken place in public parks, rural areas and community gardens. I have also led walks in the countryside and I am happy to travel. Normally walks last 3 hours. I also offer more in depth full day workshops as well as private tuition.
Walks can be arranged to suit your needs, depending on your existing knowledge, time and specific interests. This could be anything from advice on what is growing in your garden, a private party where we cook up what we find, or a guided walk at a public event.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about what is on offer, or if you would like to organise an event yourself in London, or even further afield.
Conditions – Please note, for a private booking I require 50% of the total fee as a non-refundable deposit in advance. If the event is cancelled by the party booking I retain the deposit. If the event is cancelled two weeks or less in advance of the day I require payment of the full fee.
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