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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Foraging for Wild Foods

  • Centre:  Juniper Hall
  • Tutor:  Gary Johnson
  • Dates : Friday 02 May to Sunday 04 May
  • Level: Walking Level 1
  • Age Range: 12+ with adult
  • RESIDENT (SOLE OCCUPANCY): £195
  • RESIDENT (SHARED ROOM): £175
  • NON-RESIDENT: £150

The British countryside is an abundant source of delicious food if you know where to look. Join us on a gentle stroll around the woodland and neighbouring hedgerows where we will identify and collect some of the many plants that you can eat - as well as those to be avoided. Once we get back to Juniper Hall you will have a light lunch of sautéed pigeon breast served on a wild leaf salad. You will then start preparing the rest of the plants collected, cook them and eat them for dinner.

On Sunday we will collect some different plants and cook up a late buffet style lunch.
Many of our recipes will be familiar to you but have a wild food twist; so for example, things like nettle bruschetta, elder flower panna cotta, hogweed flan and mallow tempura.

As a qualified bushcraft instructor, Gary Johnson is fortunate to spend much of his working life outdoors in all seasons. Growing up in the west country he spent much of his childhood wandering through the woods observing deer, foxes, badgers and other wildlife. This fascination with wildlife has never left him and Gary now finds his bushcraft journey taking him into the study of all things natural history related. In his spare time Gary practices traditional Yang family Tai Chi Quan and is getting better, slowly.

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