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Buckinghamshire Foraging Course

About this course 

The beautiful and historic Penn Wood is owned by the Woodland Trust, which has kindly given permission to The Foraging Course Company to run courses here. The wood includes a mixtures of deciduous and coniferous trees, and has lots of interesting features to discover. 


Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this course is within easy reach of Amersham, High Wycombe,  Chesham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Maidenhead, Berkhamstead, Hemel Hempstead and North West London.

When we meet up, we will go through laws and safety points of foraging before heading out to discover the wild food in the area.


The course includes (subject to Covid restrictions):

  • an overview of foraging laws and safety best practice

  • introduction to a number of edible species 

  • instruction on how to tell edible species apart from poisonous lookalikes

  • information on where to find these species again

  • recipe ideas

  • wild food sample such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial

  • digital information sheet after the course

Wood Mushroom found on a foraging course

This is an educational course, there is no harvesting during the course. Samples are picked for identification purposes only.


We cannot guarantee what species will be growing on any given course date - this is the nature of foraging. As a rough guide, springtime and summer courses should be predominantly plant focused, with mushrooms sometimes found. Summer courses may also have fruits and flowers to learn about, with some mushrooms. Autumn courses should be more mushroom-focused than spring or summer courses but this is dependant on weather conditions preceding the course. 


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Friday 16 August 2024 - Book here (4 spaces left)

Saturday 28 September 2024 - Book here (6 spaces left)

Sunday 27 October 2024 - Book here (4 spaces left)

Sunday 10 November 2024 - Book here

Cost and duration

Spring/summer £50 per person (inc fees)  

Autumn £60 per person (inc fees)

12pm - 3.30pm


Penn Wood, Buckinghamshire - exact meeting point emailed two days before course


Mostly woodland paths. Can be very uneven in many places and lots of low branches to negotiate

Age limit

Participants must be aged 18 years or older - no children under 18 or babes in arms allowed on this course


Dogs are not allowed to be brought along on this course

Parking and transport

Free car park - infrequent bus service

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions here

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