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 and medicine at home
Each walk lasts 3 hours, covering at least 20 different 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 (you don’t need a PayPal account, you can use any card).
The 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 14 places for each walk to ensure everyone get’s a chance to be involved and ask questions.
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 2019
7 April, Sunday. Mile End Park. 11am.
Urban Herbal – Foraging for Herbal Medicine in the City
Many common urban weeds and trees have a long history of use as herbal remedies, and even as sources of pharmaceutical drugs. This course will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges of foraging for medicinal plants in the city, and cover basic principles of safe and effective herbal medicine making and use. We will sample a range of herbal preparations along the way.
16 June, Sunday. Hampstead Heath, NW3. 11am
13 July, Saturday. Springfield Park, E5. 10am
28 July, Sunday. Hampstead Heath, NW3. 11am
8 September, Sunday. Clissold Park. 11am
21 September, Saturday. Burgess Park. 10am.
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About the course leader
Jason Irving is an experienced forager, herbalist and ethnobotanist. He worked for two years at the UK’s leading supplier of wild food, Forager Ltd, as head forager. The job involved foraging a wide range of plants, organising a team of foragers in Kent and co-ordinating with foragers around the country to supply many of the country’s top restaurants with more than 200 different species of wild food throughout the changing seasons. He then returned to London to complete a BSc in Herbal Medicine, which included 500 hours of clinical training. He worked for four years as a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew contributing to a project cataloguing the world’s medicinal plants and their names. Jason has contributed to several books and scientific publications on medicinal plants. He completed the MSc in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent, and stayed on to do a PhD on the trade in medicinal plants.
Over the last seven years, Jason has taught hundreds of people how to find, identify and use wild plants in London and further afield. As a member of the Association of Foragers he is signed up to the principles of the organisation, “promoting sustainability and ecological stewardship through teaching and harvesting wild plants and fungi for use as food, drink and medicine.”
Get in touch
Please get in touch using the form below if you have any questions about the courses, or if would like to organise another walk in your area.
Thanks to photographer Luis Calow for providing some images for this page.