Forage and Fire

Wild Food Cook-up

Mentored by

Hannah at Natural Pathways

Outdoor educator and bushcraft instructor

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Location address: Canterbury, CT3 1PJ
Chosen age group:

Ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £90
Next date: None - Register your interest
A summary
If you've ever wanted to learn the skills of foraging and how to identify wild plants then this is the course for you. Foraging for wild food is continually increasing in popularity in the UK and Wild Edibles are often seen on menus in the Top London Restaurants. More and more people are no longer satisfied with just foraging blackberries for their Fruit Crumble but are seeking further knowledge and skills in safely foraging and cooking wild foods. Our outdoor natural larder is full of exciting discoveries and experienced foragers, we will take you on your own journey into the world of foraging. We will guide you on your own wild food adventure from forage and preparation to sampling the tasty Wild Dishes you have cooked together. Our foraging course is held in our beautiful gardens, fields and woodland of Goodnestone Park, close to Canterbury, Kent
About your mentor
Hannah at Natural Pathways
Outdoor educator and bushcraft instructor
Hannah has been teaching bushcraft skills and nature awareness to adults and children close to two decades. She also runs courses for schools and youth groups. She is well known for her ability to pass on her skills in a relaxed and engaging manner. Hannah was inspired by teachings of Tom Brown Jr, well-known author and founder of the Tracker School in America. Tom Brown grew up along side a native American from the Apache tribe learning many valuable Earth living skills that he continues to pass on to many people through his trainings. As well as attending courses in America with Tom Brown, Hannah has attended a year’s course on Primitive Survival Skills with Trackways here in the UK. She completed the course with a week's Survival Quest in Scotland. She has since gone on to further her training completing various survival courses, wild food courses and Forest School level 3. Having lived in the Daintree Rainforest in the Australian outback for a year, she gained much experience from practising a sustainable way of living. Hannah has practised Reflexology and Reiki for the past thirty years and has always had an interest in alternative medicine and the healing properties of plants, treating herself and her children with herbal and homoeopathic remedies where possible. Hannah feels it is important to develop her personal awareness when relating to herself and others, as a parent and within a group. She has attended self-development courses such as Parent-Link, Non-violent Communication, the Sedona Method and Psychology of Vision. Hannah home educated her three children for over ten years providing for them a wide range of experiences as they grew up and prior to them moving on to further education. Keen to pass on her knowledge to others, in particular to children, it is her wish to bring them closer to Nature through Nature Awareness activities and hands-on experience with survival/bushcraft skills.
What we'll do
Our foraging day will begin with introductions and a short talk about safety and best practice in foraging, along with a brief outline of the location and the types of plants/fungi or other edibles that we may hope to encounter while we're there. Followed by a walk of approximately one and half hours (the walk maybe longer, subject to terrain/habitat and the types of edibles that we are looking for) during which time we will identify and harvest edible plants etc., and other samples, and also identify and discuss any toxic plants we may find. On our return to camp, we will then pause for lunch, after which the group will spend some time preparing, cooking and finally sampling a wild food dish made from the ingredients we have gathered. The day will close with our breaking and clearing camp, and a question and answer session. You will leave with lots of useful recommended field guides, handouts and recipe sheets.
Learning aims
Aim 1
How to identify and harvest edible plants
Aim 3
Understand toxic areas and plants to avoid
Aim 5
Know which plants have to be cooked before consuming
Aim 2
Understand safety and best practice in foraging
Aim 4
Know how to prepare various wild plants
Aim 6
Enjoy cooking your foraged wild foods and create a tasty wild dish together
Location and Kit List
Further information for one day course Location - Bodgers camp, Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone, near Canterbury, Kent. Directions and kit list will be sent via email one week prior to course. All tools and equipment will be provided. If raining we will have tarpaulin shelters within the camp area. Water and hot drinks are provided. Transport By train: If arriving at Aylesham station it is necessary to pre-book taxi. Mob 07735668686 Canterbury Station: Taxi rank outside station. By car: Directions to site will be sent via email prior to the course. Please do not use post-code from website as this is our office address and not where course is held. There is car-parking space within the woodland. Kit required: Appropriate clothing and footwear for season (Wet Weather Gear) Foraging course - Long trousers and sleeves as walking through undergrowth. Camping Chair/stool Working gloves and scissors Packed lunch/drink Mug Foraging course additional information and kit This foraged food is cooked in the afternoon. Please bring packed lunch. All cooking equipment will be provided, but please do bring along your own mug, cutlery and bowls/plates for the wild food meal we will prepare later in the afternoon. Please inform us if you have any allergies or specific dietary needs. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the conditions as we may be in rough terrain, very muddy areas or pushing through undergrowth. Sturdy waterproof boots, trousers (rather than shorts) and long sleeves will help to protect you from environmental hazards. Any pocket guides you may have Camera and notebook for recording information.
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
Where we'll be
Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PJ
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Cancellation Policy
None of the aboveCancel within 6 weeks prior to the course for refund less the deposit.

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.