This year I will be running three different sorts of public fungi courses, in two different locations, in addition to my private fungi foraging events (which can be anywhere on publicly accessible land, details at the bottom of this page). The first location is Hemsted Forest, which is large area of Forestry Commission-owned mixed woodland in western Kent (about mid-way between Maidstone and Hastings). There will be both longer and shorter sessions there this year.
Hemsted Forest (shorter session)
The shorter sessions last for 3 hours, including a cook-up at the end for people to sample some of the fungi we have found. Two and a half hours walking is enough for some people, although this limits how far into the forest we can get from the only car park. Maximum 15 places per session. Price £25 each (£12.50 for under 16s), £45 for 2.
Sun Sep 16th: 13 places available
Sat Oct 6th: 15 places available
Sat Nov 17th: 15 places available.
Hemsted Forest (long session)
For the first time next year I will also be running longer courses at Hemsted Forest. These will take up to 5 hours, allowing us to get deep into the forest in the hope of finding a greater variety of fungi, further off the beaten track. We will stop for lunch (bring your own) half way through, and may have a cookup at the end, depending on how we are doing for time and how much we’ve found. Otherwise the finds will be shared for people to take home. These longer sessions are not suitable for children, adults carrying babies, or anybody who isn’t physically fit. They are for fit adults who are used to long walks, who are looking for a more detailed introduction to fungi foraging. Maximum 10 places per session. Price £40 each, or £75 for 2.
Sat Sep 8th: 8 places available.
Sun Sep 30th: 8 places available.
Sun Nov 4th: 10 places available.
The other location is an area of broadleaved private woodland near Brede in East Sussex, called Mill Wood. This is a chunk old woodland that was turned into a pig farm, which was abandoned to nature 3 years ago. These run from 10.30am to 2.30pm, and include lunch (foraged, provided). We will search the entire woodland, and adjacent fields, for fungi, and learn how to identify them, and we’ll try all of the edible species we find. The pace of these sessions will be easier, and we’ll not cover as much ground, but we will pay close attention to whatever fungi we do find. I will also bring a variety of other fungi with me, to broaden the range of species people can familiarise themselves with. Maximum 15 places. Price £45 each, or £80 for two.
Sat Sep 22nd: 12 places available.
Sun Oct 21st: 15 places available
I also take private groups fungi foraging. The sessions are three hours long, are for a group of up to seven people, and take place anywhere within an hour’s drive of Hastings (the whole of East Sussex and most of Kent). Weekend sessions cost £245 (for the whole group, so £35 each if there are 7 people) and weekday sessions £175 (£25 each). Please email me for more details.