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Wild Foods of Stanmer Park, Brighton

An in-depth wild food discovery walk

Mentored by Fergus DrennanMentor summary: Fergus the Forager
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Fergus The Forager
Location address: Brighton, BN1 7JT
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18 - 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £60
Next date: Saturday 27th Aug,

What inspires me

We are always forgetting this world though each day it kisses us with its lavish steaming breath though the earth drums in our ears though the flowers turn as we walk by amazed at our forgetfulness (Daverick Leggett) Drawing on a 30-year wealth of experiential knowledge, wild food expert Fergus Drennan will take you on a foraging journey that reveals the secret potential in even the most familiar of wild plants, the very plants you walk by every day. The humble bramble or blackberry will be revealed to be, on the contrary, a majestic beast of endless possibilities, native trees will be enticed to deliver up the sweetly nuanced complexity of molasses without a sugar cane plant in sight, and in one unexpected bite of crunchy and savoury abundance, you will experience the genuinely unique opportunity to eat 150 different wild greens all at once. On this wild food walk participants will be provided with clear information on the foraging basics, while simultaneously looking deeply i...

Fergus Drennan·Fergus the Forager
Foraging is a life-long learning process, and Fergus has been at it for 30 years. Not only does he have great depths of knowledge in all the key aspects of identification, processing, use and best sustainable practice, but he combines it with a fun and engaging manner that brings the craft to life and makes it accessible to all. He has been described by his foraging instructor peers as "the Starship Enterprise of foraging". Forager Mark Williams enthused: "We need gastronauts like Star Fleet Commander Drennan to chart new worlds..." His favourite was when he was described as "Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi, and Pascal Bauder, rolled into one.” He is inspired to offer this string of courses because there is often the misconception that, in order to really get to know wild plants, you need to visit wild places, or at least the countryside. Certainly that is good to do, but it doesn't fully appreciate the incredible biodiversity to be found in cities, and parks and green spaces in particular. Here biodiversity simply means a unique wealth of plants. Many will be generally wild, others more feral or ornamental, yet from a foraging perspective, whatever their pedigree, they offer unique learning experiences. And, wild food knowledge is usually best developed near to where you live, and in places it is convenient to visit regularly throughout the year.

Reviews

This is a new course, hence no reviews yet. However, the course follows the same engaging format as my London Parks courses, so the lovely reviews I've received for those I hope and anticipate will be similar for this course. Her's a selection: Even after almost a lifetime spent experimenting with, cooking and writing about food I learnt so much more in a few hours of foraging with Fergus. He is immensely knowledgeable as well as inventive, with a humorous touch. Josceline Dimbleby 1st Sept 2019 Fergus was extremely knowledgeable, personable and kept the entire group captivated with stories and information throughout the entire course. He knew how to educate us without bombarding us all with too much information. his enthusiasm is infectious and I came away totally inspired! Charlotte October 2019 Fergus was a brilliant guide and gave a really interesting intro to wild food. We were amazed at how much is around us. Fergus kept us interested and entertained throughout. His passion f...

Learning aims

To be able to appeciate the wealth of wild food abundunce that surrounds us.

What we'll do

On each fun, informative, and engaging course, expect to taste 10-15 different wild food creations, including my soon to be world-famous 150-different-plants-all-at-once biscuits! Most tasters are suitable for vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free diets. A full list of plants/fungi encountered will be given to each participant. Please note that in order to respectfully comply with park bylaws we will not be gathering or picking any plants or fungi (apart from tiny samokleas to aid identification). Many can simply be touched, smelt, and important visual characteristics observed where they are, in situ. Where tasting of the raw plant provides interesting information, I will provide fresh samples from elsewhere to make sure you don't miss out!

Strengths to develop

Foraging really helps us tap into a range of natural or ancestral movements that often go unrealized in day to day life. Squatting down or reaching up to observe or gather fungi, ducking under branches, negotiating uneven ground, all offer body strengthening opportunities that arise naturally in the course of foraging.

What's provided

Snacks

Safety

Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

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.

Where
we'll be

Stanmer Park Road, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, BN1 7JT

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £60

Pricing information

Cancellation

My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.


100% refund offered with one month's notice. No refund after that. Although, of course, valid and often unexpected occurrences may arise (and therefore occur in the month leading up to the course) that result in non-attendance, I'm increasingly finding that when there is no refund offered for this period, nearly 100% of attendees show up, but with a refund, often people don't attend. No refund helps focus intention to attend! If you can't, consider offering your place to a friend or relation instead. Please note that if asking to transfer to a later (or earlier) course date than the one you are booked on, I will (and you should) understand this to be the same as a cancellation, and no refund will be given. However, if you give me 1 month's notice AND there is space on the other course (in the same year) you wish to attend, I will happily transfer you.


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