What’s it about?
Our 1 day foraging course is 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!
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!.
What will I do on a Jack Raven Bushcraft 1 Day Foraging Course?
On our 1 day foraging course the focus is on edible plants, nuts, berries and fruits commonly found in the hedgerow, fields and woodlands. As a heads up, foraging is about as seasonal as it gets, so what we gather 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’ll collect some firewood, settle in for the afternoon and start cooking using 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!
On past foraging courses 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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What a perfect day...thankyou Gary Nicola, Jools ..and of course Willlow. I learned a lot, with a great group and in such peaceful and pretty surroundings. The open fire cooking was fab and such yummy food from our foraging produce.
Gary and Nicola are very knowledgeable, welcoming and were willing to answer the many questions which we asked. It was a great day and even better to cook and eat what we had foraged. Highly recommended if you are interested in finding out about the many kinds of edible plants in our countryside.
Thank you to Gary and Nicola for a brilliant course. It was informative, fun, peaceful, and a perfect way to spend a day. I’ve learnt so much and what a great way to end by cooking and eating such great food with great company.
Can’t recommend the day highly enough.
A massive thank you to Gary, Nicola, Paul and Willow for a wholesome foraging day in a beautiful area of the North Downs. You were a font of knowledge on foraging in a responsible manner and the meal at the end of the day using our pickings was a lovely way to round-off an inspiring day.
Such an interesting and informative day in glorious countryside with very knowledgeable and lovely teachers. Would highly recommend.