Foraging events in Kent and Sussex (2019)

Email: geoff@geoffdann.co.uk 

NB: If you want a voucher as a present, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Spring foraging workshop at Brede, East Sussex

This is the first year we are running these events, and they are at an introductory price. It will be based at our headquarters in private woodland near Brede, and include a walk (about 2km) through the surrounding countryside. The exact format will depend on what is available at that point of the spring but we will cover birch sap tapping and any fungi we find, and at least twenty edible spring plant species. Price includes a light foraged lunch, and I will also cook some dishes with some of our finds over a campfire. 10:30 – 15:00. Introductory price £45.

Sun Apr 14th FULLY BOOKED

Sat Apr 27th FULLY BOOKED

Summer seaweed/coastal foraging workshop in East Sussex (near Eastbourne)

These events take place at the best location for seaweeds in south-east England. We’ll explore the sandstone reef/rockpool system during a low spring tide, and collect a wide variety of edible seaweeds. Depending on the season and the tide times, we will also take a look at a few edible coastal plants, and some of the edible shellfish. If we’re lucky, we might even find some spider crabs. At the end we will try a couple of (vegan) seaweed dishes, and possibly some foraged shellfish. The whole thing usually takes about two and a half hours, and the start time varies on with the tides (very low tides always occur quite early in the morning, or late afternoon / early evening here). £30.

Sat May 18th (starts 16.45) FULLY BOOKED

Fri Aug 2nd (starts 18.30) 4 places free

Sun Sep 1st (starts 7.30) 8 places free

Autumn fungi foraging workshop at Brede in East Sussex

These events take place in private woodland in south-east Sussex. Here we have a permanent camp set up, with a campfire kitchen. The area ranks among the best I know for edible fungi, anywhere. Last year we found 35 different edible species in an area about twice the size of a football pitch. I will also bring a selection of seasonal species we won’t find, and attendees are encouraged to bring things they’ve found to widen the range even further. We should be able to cover at least 30 species during the course of the day, but fungi foraging is always a bit of a lottery.

The day starts at 10am with an introduction to fungi foraging and we’ll have a look at what people have brought with them, before we survey the species growing closest by. We’ll then have a fungi-based forager’s lunch, after which we’ll head further afield to see what else we can find, and then return back for a wild mushroom cook-up.

10.30am – 3.30pm. £65 Sundays, £50 weekday.

Sun Sep 15th. 7 places free

Sun Sep 29th. 1 place free

Thu Oct 17th. 9 places free

Sun Oct 27th. 8 places free

Fungi walk in Alexandra Park. This event is part of the “Sustainability-on-Sea” festival, organised by Transition Town Hastings.

This event will take place on Friday September 27th, starting at 2pm, lasting up to 2 hours (depending on how much fungi is around). We did a free version of this last year, and too many people turned up, although we found plenty of fungi even though it was exceptionally dry. This year there will be a small charge of £3 per adult, with places limited to 20. Alexandra Park is very interesting from a mycological point of view, partly because there is such a wide variety of trees, including many conifers which attract big range of symbiotic partners. Two nationally rare species fruit every year, and I’ve seen well over a hundred over the years I’ve been dog-walking there, including at least 30 edible species. We’ll cover everything we find that I am able to identify in the field, with a focus on edibility.

Fri Sep 27th (starts 2pm) 20 places free

Private fungi foraging events

These take place anywhere on public access land in south-east England (which gives me a vastly increased area to work with, which is often reflected in the amount of fungi to be found), and are for up to seven people. The price is for the whole group, and you will take the finds home with you at the end. (If you are bringing children then contact me for a quote).

3 hours. Price £250 on a weekend day (mainly Saturdays), £180 on a weekday.

Vouchers / presents

I can supply personalised vouchers, or write an equivalent message in a signed copy of my book to give as a present. Vouchers can be for a cash amount to be redeemed against any of our events, or for any of the specific types of event (at the same cost as a normal ticket). Books are £17.50 (paperback) or £25 (hardback) (2nd class P&P free) if bought as a present along with a place on one of our events. If you want to buy two or more events as a present and are happy to pay by BACS, then there’s a £10 discount on each one.