One Day Foraging and Cookery Course
• Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
• Team-building exercise
• Learn how to build a trap and where to locate it
• Gather and filter water
• Prepare, cook and eat your lunch
• Introduction to plant identification
• Try your hand at spoon whittling
• Take on the bushtucker challenge!
• You may be part of a group of up to 16 people
What Can I Expect
It’s going to be lunch in the wild on these foraging experiences in Shropshire and Guildford! Spend the day preparing your meal outdoors - and eating it. Make no mistake, this isn’t a BBQ with goodies from your local supermarket, this is all about catching, finding, prepping and cooking the food yourselves for a tasty meal with a difference.
Leave the hob, ditch the microwave and turn off the oven. This is al fresco dining foraging style. If you know where to look and what to look for, Mother Nature provides you with everything you need to survive and eat. Right down to fashioning your own spoons out of wood, this is taking food preparation back to basics.
You’ll be shown how to make and where to place a trap. You’ll discover which plants are edible and which are not. You’ll learn how to gather and purify water for drinking and cooking. You’ll help prepare the fire for cooking on. And you’ll be whittling those all important spoons yourselves too.
An integral part of these fascinating foraging experiences is the trap. The team has the full permission of the land owner to cull wild animals (and gather wild plants for that matter too). It might be pigeon, rabbit or fish and that involves preparing what you’ve caught for cooking and you are welcome to participate or observe. If you’d rather not take part at all in this part of the course, that’s fine too and shouldn’t put you off booking onto the experience - there’s plenty more foraging to do!
As you can imagine, a bit of remoteness off the usual beaten paths of Shropshire or away from Guildford town centre is required for this course. But fear not, it’ll just be a short walk from civilisation (or at least, where you parked the car) to the basecamp. So there’s no trekking for hours on end in the middle of nowhere, it’s all about getting stuck in and finding what rich flore and fauna is right at your feet. You might even get to cook up some insects!
Using a mix of team-based challenges, demonstrations and tasks, this full day out is bound to be fruitful in every sense of the word. You’ll learn lots, discover new things and try out new skills. Who’d have thought you’d be eating a proper bush tucker meal thanks to everything you were taught on these foraging experiences available in Shropshire or Guildford.
• Courses are available on selected dates between June and September
• All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm
Scheduled 2019 Dates
• 8th June
• 13th July
• 14th September
• Minimum age is 16 years old
• There is no disabled access
• No need to be physically fit to participate
• This experience is not suitable for spectators
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Waterproof jackets and trousers
• Full-finger gloves
• Woolly hat
• Spare change of clothes
• Spare socks
During cold months - multiple layers clothes are better than one thick layer. During hotter months - please also bring along a sun hat
• One rucksack (preferably with a cover)
• 1 litre of drinking water in a plastic bottle
• Knife, fork, spoon, bowl and mug
• A household sponge and biodegradable multi purpose soap are ideal. In line with our environmental policy we ask you not to bring soap that will have detrimental effect on the environment
• Wash kit; toothpaste, toothbrush, antibacterial wipes, talcum powder and toilet paper
• Pocket notebook and pencil with eraser
• Personal first aid kit; this should include plasters, anti bacterial wipes, insect repellent, UV protection and a small bandage
• Any personal medication
• Carrier bags x 2
• Tea/coffee/dried milk/sugar
All food and drink will be provided by the instructors, if you wish to bring any additional food and drink please note you will have to carry this!
• We can also hire out some of the above equipment for a small supplementary fee. Please contact us for prices and availability
All activities in the outdoors come with inherent risks, some of which unavoidable. All of our courses begin with a full orientation and safety brief. All our events are fully risked assessed, with fully trained professional instructors and each have a minimum of DBS certificate and are all first aid qualified
• Buildwas, Shropshire