Hampshire Foraging Course
About this course
New for 2022: We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number foraging courses at Hampshire's privately owned The Holt Estate.
Farmed by the same family for three generations, this beautiful and peaceful venue is located on the Winchester Downs within the South Downs National Park.
Managed for biodiversity, The Holt Estate includes pasture, woodland and wildflower areas to explore and learn about wild edibles.
This Hampshire foraging course walk venue is easy to get to from Winchester, Newbury, Southampton, Eastleigh, Petersfield, Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Andover.
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
explaining sustainable and mindful 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
wild food sample/s such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial
digital information sheet after the course
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Please note, we do not harvest species to take away from site. Courses are focussed on education and entertainment.
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.
Please note this is not currently a permanent venue or county so future dates are TBC
Cost and duration
£60 per person (inc VAT and fees) - 12pm - 3.30pm
The Holt Estate, Southampton, Hampshire - exact meeting point emailed two days before course
Varying terrain, with some hilly areas, mostly grassland, pasture 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
Free car parking
Terms and conditions
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