Derbyshire, Ashbourne, Foraging Course
About this course
The stunning Tissington Estate is situated a few miles outside Ashbourne in The Peak District. Its tranquil surroundings offer a wonderful environment in which to learn about wild edible plants and mushrooms.
Blessed with an abundance of natural springs, its waters were believed to be the reason why the village escaped the plague in the later half of the 1600s.
With various route options available, the route of the walk could take in meadows, streams and woodland trails, or part of Tissington Hall's private gardens and woodland.
This foraging course walk is easy to reach of Derby, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport, Macclesfield and Great Manchester.
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
advice on mindful and sustainable practice
introduction to a number of edible species
instruction on how to tell edible species apart from poisonous lookalikes
tips on harvesting
information on where to find these species again
wild food sample/s such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial
digital information sheet after the 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.
Saturday 23 March 2024 - Book here
Friday 19 April 2024 - Book here
More dates will be added in 2024
Cost and duration
£60 per person (inc VAT and fees) - 12pm - 3.30pm or 10am -1.30pm (September course only)
Tissington, Derbyshire - exact meeting point emailed two days before course
Varying terrain, hilly in places, mostly grassland and woodland
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
Car park with small charge - limited bus service (Monday to Saturday only)
Grazing animals may be present in some of the pastures the course runs through. The Tissington Estate offers accommodation, tours and a tea rooms.
Terms and conditions
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