What’s it about?
Foraging has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing up. Which suits us as we absolutely love it! There’s nothing like strolling through the great British countryside and knowing the names of trees and plants that you walk past and which ones you can eat. On this foraging course you will learn all about the abundant, tasty plants that are there for the picking!.
Our 1 day foraging courses are based on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The courses are for anyone who’d like to gain an insight into the edible delights of the British hedgerows, fields and woodlands. So if you’re curious about the plants, berries and fruits that grow around you and wonder which you can eat and which you need to avoid, come and join us!
What will I do on a Jack Raven Bushcraft 1 Day Foraging Course?
On our foraging course the focus is on edible plants, nuts, berries and fruits commonly found in the hedgerow, fields and woodland. Be aware that what we find and forage will depend on the time of year that you come along, so for instance if you come along in the spring we’ll be looking at all of the new plants that are coming through; come in the late summer and we’ll be turning our focus to include berries as well.
From the meeting point we’ll first have a quick chat around the legalities of foraging, the kinds of places where you should and shouldn’t forage and what containers you should use to collect your free food.
After that we’ll take an amble along the tranquil lanes of the stunning North Downs Way and look at common plants, hedgerow fruits, berries and nuts that can be eaten; we’ll collect some as we go. We’ll also point out any plants and berries that are poisonous, and how to tell them apart from edible lookalikes so you know what to avoid.
From the hedgerow we’ll move into ancient woodland and look at different plants, again collecting as we go.
When we arrive at our ancient woodland camp the kettle will be ready and you can have a hot drink. Once you’ve eaten your packed lunch we’ll have a refresher on the plants we’ve collected to make sure that you’ve got the main identification points down.
From there we will settle in for the afternoon and start cooking the wonderful plants that we’ve collected. Everyone gets their own dish to cook and contribute to the banquet. We’ll be cooking over open fires in the woods where the temperature is controlled by adding some more firewood!
In the past we’ve cooked a wide range of culinary treats including nettle soup, ramson & hogweed crostinis, nettle bruschetta, dandelion bhajis, dead nettle pakoras, hogweed and jelly ear spring rolls, ground elder fritatta, nettle sag aloo and many, many more!
With a bit of luck everyone will have their dish ready at the same time and we can sit at our woodland dining table and enjoy the results of our foraging day.
You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: We’ll eat what we forage, but bring a packed lunch as well as it will be late afternoon before the foraged food is ready.
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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A perfect day of foraging with a friendly group of people. The guides were super helpful and we managed to rustle up some excellent food at the end of it all. Covid seemed a distant memory as we enjoyed being in the country side soaking up the fresh air and all precaution was taken to make sure we were safe throughout.
I'll 100% be using these skills and booking myself in for another course in the new year.
This was a brilliant course with very welcoming and knowledgeable guides. We had a great day not only finding out what we can forage in our local area but also how to turn it into delicious food. I'd thoroughly recommend this to others and I'd love to do another course with Jack Raven Bushcraft.
This was a great day - learnt so much about the plants that grown in our hedgerows. We had a lovely meal using everything that we picked along the way. The other participants were good fun and Grary and Nicola who ran the course were lovely - so knowledgable but never over powering. Highly recommended.
I joined the 1-day Foraging Course on the 23rd August with my mother and 84-year-old grandmother. We all agreed that this was an incredibly fun, relaxed and informative day out which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Gary, Nicola and Peter led the course with ease and enthusiasm; stopping regularly to point out plants, berries and mushrooms. Gary has a deep knowledge of the names and historical uses of different flora whilst Nicola complements him well with her nutritional and homeopathic understanding.
After an eye-opening stroll along the country lanes and hedgerows, we found our way to a woodland camp where re-capped what we'd learned and we began building the campfire. Nicola then laid out recipe cards so we could begin making a group meal from the various goodies we'd collected along the way. I won't say what these were as it will spoil the surprise but needless to say we ate like Kings! Gary, Nicola and Pete largely let us feel our own way and everyone on the course bonded well as we cooked and ate together.
Overall this was the perfect day out from start to finish. Even my elderly grandmother found it physically suitable so don't be put off by your age! It's inspired me to get involved with a local outdoor or Scout's group as the day brought back many fond memories of my childhood in the great outdoors.
Thank you to Gary, Nicola and Peter. We hope to see you again and will certainly recommend you to our friends and family.
What an excellent day. In the middle of all the stress and anxiety of the Corona virus pandemic, here I was with my daughter-in -law and grandson at Dunn Street Farm, surrounded by beautiful, peaceful Kent countryside. A warm, welcoming greeting from Gary, Nicola and Willow and we were off on our foraging walk, a gentle amble! From start to finish, we all had our eyes opened to the enormous possibilities of things we could forage. Combine this with the knowledge and expertise of Gary and Nicola who shared this information with us in a relaxed friendly manner and we were all captivated. With all our specimens, we arrived at the camp. Super site, with everything well organised in a peaceful, shaded , wooded clearing. Cooking session well planned and organised everyone participating. Wood gathering a novel experience I think for everyone. Finally the sharing of a meal which we all had shared in cooking. Even the toilet arrangements, and hand washing organisation, with all the pandemic guidelines, had been carefully and sympathetically addressed. In the midst of all this was Willow, lovely,lovely dog. very well behaved and just wandering around in a very friendly manner. A very professional, knowledgeable team who are to keen share their love of and enthusiasm for and expertise in foraging by organising these courses and many others. This is a course I would recommend highly to any one, not just for foraging but to have an understanding of the edible possibilities which are in all our fields and hedgerows.