Courses

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 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 2018


Herbal balm with dried chamomile flowers

25 February, Sunday. Mile End Park, E3. 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. Mile end is a particularly urban setting that still provides the chance to see a great many useful plants, showing that you don’t have to go far to find wild medicines in the city.  

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Wild herbal remedies samples

25 March, Sunday. Crystal Palace 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.

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15 April, Sunday. Burgess Park. 11am.

Spring Harvest – Foraging Walk

Foragers are spoilt for choice in Spring as new life springs up everywhere. Young shoots, fresh greens, tree leaves and early blossoms all appear after winter dormancy. We will explore what the park has to offer and discuss the many ways they can be prepared, in salads, soups, pesto and as greens.

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21 April, Saturday. NW3.  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.

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Foraging walk Jason Irving discussing identification of crab apple tree

5 May, Saturday. Finsbury Park, N4.  11am.

Foraging Course


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Fresh chickweed in front of jars of dried herbal medicines and two small tincture dropper bottles.

27 May, Sunday. Battersea Park, SW11.  11am.

Medicinal Plants


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24 June, Sunday. Springfield Park. E5.  11am.

Foraging Course


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30 June, Saturday. Richmond. TW9.  11am.

Urban Herbal – foraging for herbal medicine in the city


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Gift Vouchers

You can buy a voucher for places on a course as a gift. The vouchers can then be used to book on to any course with available spaces. Click ‘buy now’ then select the required amount of places. I will then email a PDF of the voucher with instructions on how to book. Please note, these are valid for one year and are non refundable. Normal cancellation conditions apply once a place on a course is booked.
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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 is currently as a postgraduate student at the University of Kent, studying for the MSc in Ethnobotany. Next year he will begin a PhD researching the trade in medicinal plants.

Over the last five years, Jason has taught hundreds of people how to find, identify and use wild plants as food and medicine. As a member of the Association of Foragers he is signed up to the principles of the organisation, that promote best foraging practice and safety.


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.