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 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!
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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I joined a one day Jack Raven forage in September. Well run and good balance of leadership and expertise from Gary, while encouraging group to relax and have fun. We cooked up an amazing banquet over an open fire with the spoils of our forage guided by Nicola, who subtly ensured that it came together well without ever feeling over organized.
Since that day I've been inspired and confident to forage and am loving it. I've made hedgerow jam, rosehip jelly, wild rocket pesto, quince paste, chillied damson ketchup, sweet chestnut cream. It's given me a whole new hobby which has lifted my spirits during the pandemic, combining nature with creativity. Thoroughly recommend!
Glad you enjoyed the day and it's awesome that you're out foraging and that it's helping in these difficult times. What you've made sounds delicious!!
I attended a 1 day foraging course in September, postponed from a Spring booking because of Lockdown, and it was well worth the wait. I learnt so much-I’ll never look at the ‘weeds’ in my garden in the same way again! The others on the course were really friendly as were Gary, Nicola and Peter, who all instructed us and shared knowledge as we walked. Social distancing etc were well observed and I was delighted to get some fire instruction and share our foraged feast which we all cooked. Brilliant, inspiring day and I’ll look forward to trying another next year.
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.