Fungi/foraging workshops at Brede, East Sussex.
These workshops take place (mostly) on Sundays, in secluded private woodland a few miles north of Hastings, and their primary focus is fungi. The area is unspoiled semi-natural ancient woodland in the High Weald AONB, and the best I know for fungal biodiversity, anywhere. So far we have found nearly 60 species of edible wild fungi in about 20 acres of woodland and adjacent fields. I also bring a selection of things collected the day before, so you can familiarise yourself with some species we don’t expect to find on site, and participants are encouraged to bring things they’ve found to widen the range even further. We aim to cover at least 20 fungi of interest to a forager (including poisonous ones), but fungi foraging is always a bit of a lottery.
The day will start at 10.30am with refreshments (including a selection of foraged herbal teas), an introductory talk, and a look at what people have brought with them. We then go for a foray in the more managed parts of the woodland closest to our camp. We will supply a foraged lunch, after which will see what we can find in the wilder areas further afield before returning and cooking our edible finds over an open fire. We will finish by 3.30pm. These events are vegetarian and one each autumn is vegan.
The exact format depends on the weather and the availability of fungi. We will cover all the fungi which are fruiting, and pay more attention to edible wild plants if there are fewer fungi around. Very occasionally, during heatwave/drought conditions, there are too few fungi to justify holding the event. If so I will warn people and give them the opportunity to reschedule. I leave my November calendar clear for this reason (typically we can hold these events until mid-November (see What is the best time to go fungi foraging / do I ever cancel/postpone events?)).
This year we are also going to run workshops in August. It is impossible to predict how much fungi will be around — sometimes there are a lot of fungi fruiting in late August, sometimes there are none. So these events may focus strongly on edible plants, or may be a balance of plants and fungi, depending on conditions.
Please do note that you will need to be reasonably fit to get the best out of these events — we do not walk all that far, but like most ancient woodland on the High Weald, hills are involved.
Late summer foraging Sun Aug 22nd. 14 places available. £50.
Late summer foraging Sun Aug 29th. 11 places available. £50.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Sep 12th. 8 places available. £70.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Sep 19th. 10 places available. £70.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Sep 26th. 7 places available. £70.
Autumn fungi foraging SATURDAY Oct 2nd. 3 places available. £70.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Oct 10th. 7 places available. £70.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Oct 17th. 12 places available. £70. VEGAN.
Autumn fungi foraging Sun Oct 24th. 13 places available. £70.
Oct 31st and Nov 7th are reserved in case I have to postpone any earlier events due to a lack of fungi. If this does not happen, they will be made available for extra events.