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Foraging Courses Surrey

Foraging and medicinal herbs

Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Surrey lies a hidden world waiting to be explored by foragers seeking the delights of wild edibles. From the verdant rolling downs to sun-dappled canals, Surrey offers a diverse array of foraging opportunities, enticing enthusiasts to discover nature's pantry.

Spring heralds the emergence of tender shoots such as wild garlic and nettles, while summer gifts us with an abundance of succulent berries like blackberries and elderberries. As autumn paints the countryside in hues of gold and russet, the forest floor reveals a treasure trove of mushrooms, from earthy chanterelles to prized cepes.

Foraging in Surrey isn't just about gathering food; it's a journey of connection with the natural world. It's a chance to slow down, to observe the intricate ecosystems around us and to develop a deeper appreciation for the land.

However, responsible foraging is paramount. Foragers must adhere to sustainable practices, ensuring they harvest ethically and leave enough for wildlife and future generations. Proper plant and fungi identification is essential for safety and conservation efforts.

Whether you're a seasoned forager or a curious novice, Surrey beckons with its abundance of wild treasures, inviting you to embark on a culinary adventure infused with nature's finest flavors.

Our foraging courses in Surrey are led by Isabel Openshaw. Isabel Mastered in Ecology and now conducts research on forests and soils for Kew Gardens. The courses are focused on the medicinal uses of plants, Isabel will cover the edibility of any of the wild food you all encounter. You can read more about Isabel by clicking here 

 

In the Autumn we are aiming to run some of our ever so popular mushroom foraging courses, please keep an eye on the website for updates about these.

 

There are two articles in the websites foraging guide in the resources section, click on the links to learn more about the historic and modern uses of medicinal plants and this link to read more about the historic and modern uses of medicinal fungi

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