Full day foraging & feasting 1

Wild Foods of London Parks and Green Spaces. 1st Sunday of the month, every month!

£45
Location
Belair House, 5 Gallery Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB

About

We are always forgetting this world
though each day it kisses us
with its lavish steaming breath
though the earth drums in our ears
though the flowers turn as we walk by
amazed at our forgetfulness
(Daverick Leggett)

Drawing on a 30-year wealth of experiential knowledge, wild food expert Fergus Drennan will take you on a foraging journey that reveals the secret potential in even the most familiar of wild plants, the very plants you walk by every day.
The humble bramble or blackberry will be revealed to be, on the contrary, a majestic beast of endless possibilities, native trees will be enticed to deliver up the sweetly nuanced complexity of molasses without a sugar cane plant in sight, and in one unexpected bite of crunchy and savoury abundance, you will experience the genuinely unique opportunity to eat 150 different wild greens all at once.

Fergus is offering a series of 3.5-hour in-depth wild food walks, each in a different London park, on the first Sunday of each month, starting in September and running through the year.

The first course will be in Belair Park, SE21 (Dulwich) on 1 September, and the second also Belair Park 6 October. The location will change on this site the day after each course, to reflect the coming month. However, I do reserve the right to change the park on a specific date. Intended locations for the coming months:

  • September 2020: West Dulwich (Belair Park)
  • October: Hampstead Heath
  • November: Wimbledon (Cannizaro Park)
  • December: Wimbledon (Cannizaro Park)
  • January 2021: Hampstead Heath
  • February: Hampstead Heath
  • March: Hampstead Heath
  • April: West Dulwich (Belair Park)
  • May: To Be Considered

Aims

To be able to appreciate the wealth of wild food abundance that surrounds us.

Develop a clear understanding of how to gather seasonally and sustainably for both food and medicine.

Learn key wild food preservation and processing techniques.

Discover that although the aim here is to render invisible food visible, sometimes it is the journey that is more important than the destination.

Multi sensory

Experience the added learning that comes from a multi-sensory approach to wild foods, through touch, taste, smell, sight, and indeed listening.

Key points

Ages

Suitable for most ages 18 and over (children can be included with a supervisor), assuming they're confident with a 3 hour walk

Meeting point

 The big oak tree with a wooden fence around it, in the park near Belair House, 5 Gallery Rd (nearest postcoded address), Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB, GB.

Recommended Apparel

Wear those boots! This is not for slippers

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself and some notepaper

What will I take away?

To be able to appeciate the wealth of wild food abundunce that surrounds us.

Develop a clear understanding of how to gather seasonally and sustainably for both food and medicine.

Learn key wild food preservation and processing techniques.

Discover that although the aim here is to render invisible food visible, sometimes it is the journey that is more important than the destination.

Experience the added learning that comes from a multi-sensory approach to wild foods, through touch, taste, smell, sight, and indeed listening.

A Few Testimonials

“Hi Fergus

Just wanted to say thank you for an excellent, unusual, and valuable day
last weekend. Tom and I enjoyed everything about the course. We learnt an incredible amount and have hopefully absorbed some of the wide, wonderful knowledge you shared with us.

We have recommended the course to all our mates and I will definitely be

Emma and Tom, 2018