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Nottingham Foraging Course

About this foraging course 

Located on the northern outskirts of the city of Nottingham, Newstead Abbey and grounds is a 300-acre paradise of woodland, parkland, grassland, formal gardens and wetland habitats. At its heart is the ancestral home of Lord Byron, a former Augustinian priory and later grand family home. 

The grounds offer an excellent environment to discover and learn bout the wild edible plants and mushrooms growing in the UK. 


This foraging course is easy to reach from Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark, Sheffield, Doncaster, Lincoln, Leicester, Chesterfield, Worksop, Retford, Grantham, and Derby.

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/s such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial

  • digital information sheet after the course

​"A great afternoon spent on the Nottingham Foraging Course.  Made most enjoyable by Kerry’s personalised story telling, knowledge and enthusiasm for foraging. I know my trees but came away knowing more than just how edible they are"


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Other nearby courses at Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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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Sunday 5 May 2024 - Book here (2 spaces left)

Friday 17 May 2024 - Book here

More dates added in 2024

Cost and duration

£50 per person (inc fees) - 12pm - 3.30pm


Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire - exact meeting point emailed two days before course


Varying terrain, with some hilly areas, mostly grassland and woodland

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


Car park with charge

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions here

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