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Fungi Identification, Use + Appreciation

Beginners to intermediate

Mentored by Fergus DrennanMentor summary: Fergus the Forager
Location address: Forest Row, RH185BT
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For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Fungi course £70
Next date: Saturday 23rd Sep,

A summary

NOTE! Please IGNORE map location. Exact location will be emailed 3-7 day before the course. Will be in or very near Forest Row. This is an early (for South East England) season event. There may be lots of fungi if there has been sufficient rain, as in 2022, yet even if drier and less fungi, it is still a great opportunity to hone your id skills and get in the fungi finding groove. Beginning at 9.00 am and concluding around 1.30 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). Drawing on my 30-year experience of identifying and gathering fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some ca...

Fergus Drennan·Fergus the Forager
Wild food experimentalist, course faciliator, forager, the ever-curious Fergus Drennan, aka Fergus The Forager, has been gathering and learning about wild plants, seaweeds, and fungi for over 40 years, beginning on Wimbledon Common, aged 3 years, collecting dandelions for the family’s pet tortoise. Since those early days, and through much creative and experimental exploration he has continued his foraging practice, not only as a means to understand and to discover the practical relevance that foraging has in the modern developed world, but also in terms of what it means to be an environmentally conscious human in relation to the natural world. “Can foraging ever be considered a truly sustainable practice, and if so how?”, is a question that always orchestrates his foraging activity, as does a pursuit of foraging’s playful and creative possibilities, whether they be found in novel recipes using plants, fungi, and seaweeds, or unlocking the possibilities that wild botanicals offer for other non-food-based creative pursuits. That includes, among other things, the making of baskets, mushroom paper, and natural dyes and pigments. Fergus has a huge amount of wild food knowledge to share, and an array of imaginative ways of doing so. After even only an afternoon with him, the natural world around you will never look the same again.

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Tompsets Bank, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH185BT

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Ticket: Fungi course £70

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