Course Location: Nr Appleton in Oxfordshire
Course Time: 13:00 Friday until 14:00 Sunday
Course Duration: Friday to Sunday
Course size: 16 Persons Max
Course Age Range: 16+
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
Wild Food Foraging and Preparation Weekend
This weekend course goes beyond our Foraging Day Course and is spent looking at processing a range of wild foods including a variety of game and wild plants.
We will then begin finding, collecting and processing wild plants to accompany our evening meal. This will include processing available wild fruits into sauces, jams, and jellies.
After a breakfast of damper bread cooked in a Dutch Oven, we will continue sourcing and collecting a variety of wild plants and begin processing them. During the morning we will look at wild teas and coffees utilising a range of plants, and we will collect plants to form the basis of our lunch which will again incorporate wild game preparation and different cooking techniques such as plank cooking and grilling. Today we will focus on mammal preparation.
The afternoon will be spent looking at collecting and processing flour from wild plants and at sourcing other carbohydrates. The evening will see further game preparation of a larger mammal and the meal will be cooked in a ground oven.
On Sunday morning we will look at invertebrates as wild food including; insects, molluscs, worms, and crustaceans. Throughout the day we will continue to collect and process wild plants. For lunch, we will finish the game preparation by looking at fish and further cooking techniques such as ponassing and steaming and we will utilise any wild flour we have made.
The afternoon will be spent collecting fruit from the hedgerow and making products for you to take away at the end of the course.
Throughout the weekend we will include the safety aspects of using wild plants and animals as a food. We will also cover basic animal anatomy and biology, plant identification and food hygiene.
Our courses are designed to be a fun experience and are in no way either military style or "tree-huggyâ. At no point during the course will you be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Our helpful and friendly instructors are always on hand with help, advice and assistance.
We are not woodland romantics but practical and realistic. We work in harmony with our changing seasons; adapting our practices throughout the yearâ¦ for us, this is not an optional extraâ¦ but a way of life.
The course starts at 1pm on the Friday and finishes after lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Vegetarian dishes are also provided if notified in advance.
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Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.
Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.
This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.
This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.
Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll call you back.
If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.