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Roman introduced edible species

About this walk

During the 367 years it was part of the Roman Empire, Britain underwent a lot of changes including the arrival of traditions, goods, ideas, arts and, indeed species.

Many of these introduced plants and animals had culinary, medicinal and practical uses, and lots flourished. Some of them fared so well they can still be found to this day as cultivated plants, wild flowers, and even protected species.

Set in the heart of The Cotswolds, where the evidence of Roman activity is clear to see, Cerney House Gardens offers the perfect environment to discover some of what the Romans left behind - as well as what they didn't.

On this guided walk, you will discover Roman uses, folklore and history of species, many of which you may have in your own garden. 


On this walk you will 

  • discover some of the species introduced to Roman Britain

  • find out which species commonly thought to be Roman actually aren't

  • learn what plants - and some animals - were used for by the Romans

  • uncover some of the folklore connected to the species discussed

  • have a full-day pass to explore Cerney House Gardens

  • finish the walk in the bothy with tea/coffee and homemade cake* 


This is a guided walk for informative entertainment rather than a structured course - there will be no foraging and identification will not be a focus. We cannot cater for specific dietary requirements. Cerney House Gardens' café often has vegan and gluten free cake options, but this is not guaranteed and all food is prepared in a home kitchen that contains other allergens.

The flowerhead of an Alexander


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Cost and duration

£35 per person (inc fees, garden entrance and refreshments)

2pm - 4pm 


Cerney House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, 


Varying terrain, mostly grassland, parkland, gardens and woodland tracks. Some hilly areas.

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 facilities.

Free car parking on site. Toilets and small café on site 

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions here

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