Suitable for those with both beginner or intermediate level fungi knowledge. Also includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods.
Beginning at 10 am and concluding around 5/6 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before).
Whether you have children or not, such an added exploration is a really positive way to introduce fungi to them, bypassing the mycophobic culture of fear that abides in British culture. A 3 course wild-food-based and end-of-forage meal will be provided to finish the day. This will be served either in the woods or around the table indoors, with a range of deliciously cooked seasonal wild mushrooms that you will have collected (so please bring snacks or a sandwich for lunch). We will also work with some excellent fungi identification keys, as well as a range of guide books.
Much of fungi identification using the naked eye rather than microscopes (that is, identification in the field – metaphorically and literally) is about a balance of probabilities that point to a particular species. The keys that we will use are excellent ones that, if used, will greatly aid your on-going confidence in beginning to accurately and systematically correctly identify a particular fungus down to genus level whilst out on your own.
The aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making.
12 years old - 75 years old
We will be meeting at Blean Walk (for Canterbury courses – see exact location on the course page) and at Broadstone car park, Ashdown Forest (for Forest Row courses – see exact location on the course page.)
In the former case, those without cars arriving by train will be picked up from Chestfield & Swalecliffe train station, an in the latter case those without cars will be picked up from East Grinstead train station
What do I need to bring?
You are free to take notes and pictures.
Although I send out considerable post-course information (sometimes) to include photos of all we have seen (if possible) that includes links to further information, it can be useful, of course, to take your own notes and pictures of individual plants in the order that we find them.
Places to stay in and around Canterbury
Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Bekesbourne Lane, Canterbury, CT3 4AB
The following facilities are available at this site; Club Service Pitch, Club Standard Pitch, Hardstanding, Seasonal
Pitch, Storage facilities, Grassy site, Stony site, Some shelter, Toilets, Hot showers, Washbasins, Electric razor
sockets, Parent and baby room, Chemical toilet disposal point, Drinking water, Motorhome Stop-off, Laundry facilities,
Dishwashing facilities, Ice pack freezing facility, Children’s play area, Bottled gas, Payphone, Dogs welcome, Dog
Yew Tree Caravan / Camping & Holiday
Yew Tree Park, Stone Street, Petham, Canterbury, CT4 5PL
01227 700306 www.yewtreepark.com/
Choose from apartments, caravans, camping and the lodge. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, wifi and a childrens
play area.The Chequers Inn Pub is only a short walk from the Park gates – an ideal location for family meals or just a
54 New Dover Rd, CT1 3DT
01227 462 911 [email protected]
The hostel is popular with groups and individuals alike, who enjoy the friendly atmosphere. It’s within easy reach of the
North Downs Way and Pilgrims’ Way, while the city itself has a cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, various museums,
guided tours and theatres.
Acacia Lodge and Tanglewood, 39-40 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8LF
Tel: +44 (01227) 769955
Email: [email protected]
Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Historic Canterbury
These two charming 19th century cottages are conveniently located for the city, Canterbury West Station, and the University of Kent. This family-run B & B offers clean & comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Off-street parking is available.
40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury, CT1 3JT
01227 786 121 www.kipps-hostel.com
A friendly backpackers hostel situated a short walk to the famous Canterbury cathedral and the Town Central.
Upper Harbledown, Canterbury, CT2 9HX
0870 720 0911 www.
This is a basic, value for money option located on the A2, a major route to Dover, and about 4 miles from the centre of
Canterbury. The hotel has 89 rooms on two floors and 90 free parking spaces for guests. There is a small basic
restaurant where complimentary continental breakfast is served. The hotel also has a small bar.
Cathedral Gate Hotel
36, Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HA
01227 464381 www.cathgate.co.uk
Pilgrims slept here! This 1438 building pre-dates even the adjoining sculpted Cathedral Gateway. The Cathedral itself is just 30
paces away as is the bustling commerce of the Buttermarket and a wealth of busy shops, cafes and restaurants.
Ebury Hotel and Cottages
65/67 New Dover Rd, CT1 3DX
01227 768433 www.ebury-hotel.co.uk
Ebury Hotel Canterbury is one of the finest hotels in Canterbury. A short walk from Canterbury city centre, Canterbury
Cathedral and the Canterbury shops, this privately owned Canterbury hotel is located in 2 acres of grounds; offering
an indoor heated swimming pool, an award winning restaurant, a large car-park with free parking, and attractive
gardens. All 15 bedrooms are en-suite, have sky satellite TV channels, broadband wireless internet access, and the
whole hotel is non-smoking.
The Falstaff Hotel
8-10 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury, CT2 8AF
A traditional 15th Century coaching inn, The Falstaff Hotel is steeped in history yet offers you comfortable Canterbury
accommodation with every modern comfort. Located just a few steps away from the imposing Westgate Tower, The Falstaff
Hotel provides easy access to Canterbury city centre and its attractions, including the impressive Canterbury Cathedral, a
designated World Heritage Site.
The Pilgrims Rest
48-50 High Street, Littlebourne, Canterbury, CT3 1ST
01227 721341 www.thepilgrimsrest.biz
We have six rooms available with en-suite bathrooms. Tea and coffee making facilities. Flat screen televisions with “freeview”.
Off road secure parking
The Duke of Cumberland
High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AP
01227 280617 www.
Welcome to “The Duke”, in the heart of Whitstable – home of the famous Whitstable Oyster.
Whitstable is a town of history and legends of smuggling, where the first railway line in Britain, the “Crab and Winkle Line” to
Canterbury was laid and which remains a popular leisure destination.
The Duke is Whitstable’s finest Inn and offers eight en-suite rooms decorated in a contemporary style.
Reads Restaurant with Rooms
Macknade Manor, Canterbury Rd, Faversham, ME13 8XE
01795 535344 www.reads.com
Read’s offers six restful and relaxed guest bedrooms, each one individually designed and furnished in period style, with
traditional English fabrics and all of them with modern, en suite bathrooms.
The restaurant’s widespread reputation is founded on the distinctive cooking of Michelin-starred David Pitchford, whose
seasonal dishes blend herbs and vegetables from the manor’s own walled kitchen garden with local game and fish fresh from
the quayside at nearby Whitstable and Hythe.
140 Wincheap, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3RY
The hotel is conveniently located in an oasis of calm in this otherwise bustling and vibrant city, though just a short stroll from
the town centre and its many attractions. It is one of only two hotels in Canterbury with an indoor heated swimming pool,
available all year round and leading directly to the `sun trap` garden. There are 14 en-suite rooms – some with 4 poster beds –
and including 2 family sized rooms.
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The Four Seasons
77 Sturry Rd
Canterbury, CT1 1BU
Located a comfortable fifteen minutes walk from the heart of the town it offers comfortable well equipped rooms and a great breakfast
6 St.Peters Lane
Kent. CT1 2BP Tel 01227 761836
The White House guest house is an early Regency Listed building retaining many original features, and reputedly the retirement home of Queen Victoria’s Head Coachman. This attractive guest house offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation and a warm welcome, second to none. A home from home for all our guests