A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising range of edible plants around the woods, coast and hedgerow of Ardkinglas Estate on Loch Fyne, Argyll (1 hr drive from Glasgow). Enjoy a wild food picnic, wild flower champagne and foraged cocktails on the loch side afterwards.
April is an exciting time for foragers, with wild greens in their prime and blossoms starting to appear. On this guided walk you will be introduced to a vibrant array of spring woodland, hedgerow and coastal herbs, their traditional and modern uses and how to considerately and safely harvest and use them. You will enjoy a wild food tasting picnic and wildcrafted drinks with views over Loch Fyne afterwards.
Meet: Ardkinglas House, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BG (See map tab). Ticket holders will be emailed detailed instructions of our meeting place in the week before the event.
Expect: Gentle walking on well made paths over 3 hours (maximum 1.5 miles easy walking), followed by a wild food tasting picnic. There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout. Led by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods.
Learn: Spring woodland, hedgerow and coastal plants, and perhaps some spring fungi if we get lucky. How to sustainably tap birch and sycamore trees for sap (though the sap rise may be finished by this time of year). Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips for a wide range of spring shoots and blossoms. Inevitably, the wider politics around foraging and food will come up too. When time and weather allow, we lay out and label our finds to serve as a souvenir and aide-memoire of the afternoon’s discoveries.
Please note, although part of this walk is coastal with lots of fascinating maritime plants, Argyll’s sea lochs don’t tend to offer a big range of tasty seaweeds. We will explore what seaweeds are on show, and I will bring along some more for us to taste and learn from, but this is not a major focus of the coastal element of this walk.
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Eat/drink: I think it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them. To this end, in addition to the wild food picnic after the walk, I carry a very hefty bagful of lovingly prepared treats, tasters and tipples to share during the walk. These are both delicious and educational, and the walk is more like guided grazing, a gentle imbibing of the landscape, than a route march! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book, and tasters are carefully considered to be Covid 19 – safe.
Bring: Stout footwear, waterproofs, water. Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing camera, notebook, field guide (plants), small basket/cloth bag. If you make any foraged delights you wish to share with the group, please bring them along!
Covid 19 Policy: Please see here for the latest GWF policy around events, social distancing and what happens in the event of cancellation due to C19 . This event is fully risk-assessed and very low risk in terms of transmission.
Places are limited and events usually sell out fast – booking is essential.
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- Relevant medical conditions
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Please ensure that all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.
On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!
Please bring your own drinking water.
Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.
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