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.
All scheduled courses are now full. If you have a Gift Voucher, get in touch as we still have places for you.
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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I loved this course that was a gift for me and my dad. The staff were friendly and informative and I really enjoyed the beautiful countryside too. The campsite at the end was a really cool set up. I learnt so much and it was a really useful hands-on experience to familiarise myself with the plants and cook with them. If I had to provide any constructive critical feedback it would perhaps be to speak a tad louder and clearer as I struggle with hearing (I just stuck close by so it wasnt too much of an issue) and I took a lot of notes so perhaps you could provide a small print out of the information on your website to keep. It was overall amazing, friendly, relaxing and unique and I would definitely recommend!!!
Enjoyed a brilliant day with Gary and Nicola in the beautiful countryside in Westwell. It was such a calm and relaxing experience, and Gary is so knowledgeable, we learnt loads. The camp is fantastic and we had a chance to all have a good chat and then cook up some delicious food using what we'd foraged. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who likes being outdoors and wants to know a bit more about what's growing around you.
I thoroughly enjoyable day in the company of Gary, Nicola and other like minded individuals. Very interesting to learn just how much of the world around us is edible! Great fun to cook up what we had foraged and who would have thought nettles and hog weed flowers could be so tasty. Thank you to Gary and Nicola for a great day which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the outdoors.
Had the most wonderful, relaxed, informative and enjoyable day. Well worth waiting under after lockdown to finally get on the course. Gary & Nicola were so knowledgeable and I will never walk along a hedgerow again without looking more closely. Pace of the day was just right. Cooking our finds over the open fire was the perfect end to a perfect day. Highly recommended.
Gary was an informative, friendly, and knowledgeable guide around the lanes and woodland of the beautiful Kent countryside, and Nicola showed us how to make delicious food, full of flavour fresh from the log fire, from our day's pickings. A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed experience that we would highly recommend to anyone