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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My partner & I had a great time foraging on bank holiday Monday. Gary, Nicola & the team are impressively knowledgeable, friendly, and very welcoming. Willow the dog happily joined in the foraging throughout the day too!
We were so surprised at the number of different plants you could eat & we're now spotting them in our garden and on our walks nearer home.
Finally, we can make use of the nettles at the back of the garden!!
The cooking after was fun. We had several dishes to make, which were all split between the couples on the course. The food we ended up eating was excellent, tasty & well thought out. Dietary requirements we're thought of too which I greatly appreciated.
We enjoyed it so much that we'll definitely be back for another in the future.
A really enjoyable day, learning about the surprising bounty of our natural world, amid the sights and smells of the lush Kent countryside. Gary, Nicola and Jools were so knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
My husband and I took this course at the end of July and since I have not been able to look at the weeds in my garden in the same way! A great day out and already booked another one for next spring.
See you in the spring!!
What a brilliant way to spend a day, learning about and connecting with nature. Gary, Nichola and Steve were warm, genuine and friendly, and infectiously passionate about their subject. Great diverse bunch on the course too. Loved it Thankyou
Thank you for such an informative yet relaxed day. Learnt loads and great to end the day cooking and eating our foraged feast - who knew nettles were better for you than Spinach!