Course Location: Near Appleton in Oxfordshire, Belvoir Estate in Leicestershire
Course Time: 09.30-16.30
Course Duration: 1 day
Course size: 16 persons max
Course Age Range: 18+
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
Spring Foraging Course
A days foraging for wild food and medicinal plants.
Join our highly qualified instructors for the day as they take you on a journey and open your eyes to some of the diverse and highly useful plant species we have growing here in the British Isles.
During the leisurely forage walk, we cover a broad range of plant identification and look at a large number of useful plants that we have right on our doorsteps in our British countryside.
Our instructors cover a multitude of uses from edible to medicine, camp craft to carving and even to give you an extensive knowledge surrounding each plant, including practical hands-on and personal experience regarding their uses. Where appropriate our instructors will also offer recipe suggestions and the best ways of processing each plant. All of this will include time for sketches and notes to be made and questions to be asked.
Further to this, through hands-on training, you will learn how to harvest these resources in a sustainable manner, and how to prepare each ingredient. There will be the opportunity to taste a number of the plants through the day and collect a selection of plants to incorporate in our afternoon meal.
Once we reach our expedition style camp it's all hands to the deck to prepare our ingredients, participate in some campfire cooking techniques and also have a chance (should you wish) to prepare and cook your own game. The game will typically be either game bird, mammal or fish. Vegetarian options are always available.
We deliver a range foraging courses throughout the year to discover the different resources available to you at different times of the year; a Spring Foraging Course and Autumn Foraging Course as well as a Hedgerow Medicine and Medicinal Wild Plants Day Course and a Wild Food Foraging and Preparation Weekend. On each foraging course you will join our instructors around the woodland to take a look at what we can find.
Because of the time it takes to find, collect, prepare and then cook our meal it often means we will be eating towards the end of the day, so please bring snacks with you to keep you going until then.
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With very kind permission of the Duke and Dutchess of Rutland, our courses here are set within the stunning private 16000 acre Belvoir Castle estate boasting truly beautiful areas of ancient woodland.
The venue is located just outside the village of Nipton in rural Leicestershire around 6 miles west of Grantham. Our main base is set within a remote 400 Acre solid block of Woodlands, with no road noise or light pollution, and with access to the wider Estate. With 31 of the 32 species of native trees the canopy is simply stunning, and the vast acreage provides us with plenty of scope for renewable resources. As you would expect, there is an abundance of wildlife and flora.
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 provided by means of composting toilets and there are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.
If arriving for a course please do not head to the Castle, in order to protect the privacy of the family. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.
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 email@example.com 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.