Foraging

Foraging events around Bristol and Bath

What is foraging?

Foraging is the gathering of edible, medicinal, or otherwise useful plants and fungi. Humans have a long, well established relationship with foraging as it was previously our main source of food, medicine, shelter and clothing. 

​It is a skill which can be developed over time to ensure a good knowledge base, this is important as there are deadly poisonous species which can be easily mistaken for edible lookalikes. For this reason, it’s a good idea to book onto a course and invest in a good selection of books. 

More about foraging

In current tech-focussed times, foraging is a great way to reconnect with nature and the environment around you.

We take time to slow down and observe our surroundings.

We walk through the woodlands and fields and study different species, their uses and medicinal and nutritional benefits. 

Whatever the time of year, nature provides us with a bountiful larder to explore and experiment with, whether it’s creating pickles, jams or wines or many other traditional preservative methods. 

EcoWild foraging events

Taking you on a 2.5hr walk through the woodland, you will be guided through the basic principles of foraging. You’ll learn about a wide range of edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, how to safely identify them and how to sustainably gather them.

We will also explore the folklore and history of certain plants so you can go away with lots of interesting facts!

Private foraging events

You can also book a private event for groups of friends and family, stag and hen do’s, educational groups or children’s parties. Private events are tailor made to suit the need of the group, so please do specify any requirements or particular interests, when you make contact. 

Private events can include fire cooking and sample tasting, which can include alcoholic infusions upon request. 

​Location

The location for these sessions is generally within hours drive of Bristol and Bath, often Greyfield Woods but also other sites dependent on the abundance of wild foods at the time.

We will confirm the location with you on booking.

What to wear and bring

The walk itself will be slow and easy with frequent stops to chat about what we find.

  • Please dress appropriately for the great British weather
  • Sturdy shoes are a good idea for uneven or potentially wet ground
  • You may need a waterproof if the forecast is rain and if it’s a hot sunny day please remember a hat, sunscreen and some water to keep you hydrated