Upcoming Foraging Courses in Bristol
Get ready to learn about the ancient arts and crafts of gathering wild foods on a family foraging course in Bristol.
Whether it’s Christmas wreath gathering, herbal medicine walks, fungi foray’s, or introductory wild food walks, there are numerous opportunities throughout the year to learn new skills on a foraging course in Bristol.
If you live in the Bristol area, then foraging is a delight. So many rich and varied habitats are on your doorstep, in what is a true botanical hotspot.
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Wild foods provide some of the most nutritionally loaded plants that it is possible to get your hands on. As well as this, it’s often the freshest food you will eat; locally sourced, and without question, beyond organics.
I offer regular foraging courses in Bristol during 2018. On all my events you can expect to meet and explore the uses of more than 20 edible plants, and discover a smattering of top-draw hedgerow first-aid medicines for good measure!
To discover which plants will be in season, at any time of year, please visit the seasonal wild food guide.
What to expect on a foraging course in Bristol..?
Plants plants plants! Oh, and as ever, a short circular walk, usually accessible by all, on which the plants are the stars. (Please contact me with any acessibility issues). We don’t walk very far on my foraging courses in Bristol because there are always so many plants of interest to discuss, no matter which season we’re in!
Legal and safety issues are always discussed before embarking, as are the ‘golden rules of foraging’ in order that you can begin foraging confidently and safely.
On these fun and informative foraging courses, I like to explore plant identification using all the senses. This is what I describe as’full sensual foraging’. My reasoning is that we almost always encounter plants with all of our senses, so why not engage with plants with all of them? It is through our sense of touch, smell, sight, the occasional taste, and even our sense of sound, that really helps us know a plant.
I recommend foraging beginners to the ‘plant patterns method’ to identify plants, which is available to read here. This easy-to-remember and quick-to-learn system can revolutionise your plant identification skills!
During my walks and courses, you will be show that there is so much more to a plant than its names and uses. Plants have many stories to tell. Almost every culture on the planet weaves myth, legend and folklore around the plants they live with. It’s part of what makes us human. I love to share these collective plant memories with as many people as possible on my foraging courses in Bristol, together with other snippets of relevant historical and local information.
So in a nutshell, expect lots of plant I/D tips and foraging hacks from your experienced guide Chris; a few seasonal wild food treats for you to taste along the way; and to leave with a new found love of the ancient hunter-gathering skills of foraging wild foods.
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I know a few hundred of the wild plants that grow in and around Bristol. I have hosted foraging courses in the city since 2010. Over the course of the year I can show you scores of edibles. I am available for private tuition via this link…
Because I know Bristol and its surrounding area really well, I can offer you the full range of its fabulous wild foods and habitats, so you can leave with a solid grounding in the ancient arts and crafts of foraging. Meanwhile, I hope you will explore and utilise the free articles and resources found on this website!
If you like your alcohol and want it with a wild twist, then you will probably love going on one of the wild booze walks hosted by Andy Hamilton. For Bristol Bushcraft courses, fungi forays and other woodland based activity days, you can’t go wrong with the award winning Steve England.
To help you with your foraging learning, I have produced a range of foraging cards and card games, featuring some of the most common, most tasty, most poisonous and most beautiful wild plants. These are all available in the foragers shop
To help you never miss a foraging trick, I have also collaborated on these great colour-coded, season-by-seasonharvesting charts. They feature around 90 species and are available as a download here .