Welcome to Forest Foragers

A complete revamp of our website will take place shortly, but in the interim, enquiries and bookings can be made over the telephone or by email.

In 2017 Forest Foragers will be running its courses at Lambourne End Outdoor Education Centre, Chigwell Row, Essex.

The dates for one-day courses are:

  • Saturday November 4th
  • Saturday November 11th
  • Saturday November 18th
  • Saturday November 25th

Afternoon Forays will be run on:

  • Sunday November 12th
  • Sunday November 26th

Prices are unchanged;

  • £125 per person for one-day courses,
  • £25 per person for Forays,

Would you like to learn about edible wild plants and fungi?

Peter Sibley, ecologist & Clifford Davy, mycologist
for a full-day course, or an afternoon foray, in recognising, collecting, preparing, preserving and cooking edible wild plants and mushrooms.

The full-day mushroom picking course will consist of a morning identification session, covering the principal edible plants and fungi, (notes provided), followed by a substantial lunch featuring some of these.  The morning session will also cover hazards to be avoided when collecting. The afternoon session will be a walk during which edible wild plants and fungi will be collected, varying according to the season.

Participants will take home what they have collected, together with recipes and a wild food guide book.

  • Numbers are limited to 14, for safety reasons.
  • The course is not suitable for children.
  • Participants should bring collecting bags, warm, water-proof clothing and suitable footwear.
  • One Day Courses are £125 per person - Suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of foraging
  • Afternoon Forays are £25 per person - These sessions are intended for experienced foragers only
  • Seashore Foraging Courses are £125 per person - Suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of foraging
  • A discount will be given for group bookings.

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Seasonal Foods

Summer 2016

June was one of the wettest on record. July was cooler than average but quite dry. August is hotter so far but dry. Plants have responded by growing fast but fruit has not matured as quickly as might have been expected. There was an early flush of edible mushrooms in June, Parasols in particular, but not much thereafter. Should the weather turn wet, look out for Boletus edulis, (Ceps or porcini). There is every chance of them appearing soon.

Our Foraging Courses begin soon. The first are two Taster Days on Saturday the 27th of August and Sunday the 28th, these will be in Surrey and are intended to be an introduction to foraging for beginners. We will hold two more Taster sessions later on in Essex on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October. The cost is £25 per person for each session.

Foraging 2016


Dates & Venues

Wild Harvest Day Course New Forest

Come join us on one of our courses in the wonderful English countryside for a day of foraging, identifying, cooking and fun...