I’ll be joining the team at Cashel Native Forest Centre on the side of Loch Lomond for their autumn celebration of our amazing native Scottish woodland.
The Cashel Bash will celebrate our native forest and the communities (both human and non-human!) around it with a big autumn party! It will include foraging, craft stalls, nature table talks, glow worm info and activities , Wildlife Wanders, Scottish reptile information and loads of traditional games with prizes!
Contributors include the RSPB, Scottish Badgers, Galloway Wild Foods, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and Glow Worms UK, Plus live folk music including a bonus gig from folk sensation, PlaidSong at 06:30pm.
We will pay homage to Cashel Forest’s e ‘champion’ crab apple tree of UK and Ireland, which measure a magnificent 4.1 metres circumfrence!
I will be there to talk about foraging and the deep nature connection that it brings. From 1.30 pm I’ll have a big display of autumn wild foods, including some remarkable fungi. Come and say hi, chat foraging, and explore the ethnobotany of Scotland’s native woodlands.
I’ll also be running a fungi ID clinic, so do bring along good samples of that mushroom you have been puzzling over, and i’ll try to identify it for you. (If you just bring photos, please read this first!)
I’ll also be offering a short 1hr foraging walk that is free but requires booking as places are limited – contact Cashel Forest to book. The time of the walk is not yet confirmed, but some time between 3pm and 5pm. I’m also hanging around to do a full foraging walk on Sunday – see here for details and booking.
Bring along your fungi and I will attempt to identify them
Cashel is situated 10 minutes drive north of Balmaha on the road to Rowardennan, under 1 hour’s drive from Glasgow or Stirling.
Admission for the day is £5 – please follow the link to book with Cashel Forest.
Booking for this event is ONLY via Cashel Forest Centre, please do not contact Galloway Wild Foods, as I will only send you to there!
More information about the centre and its work, plus links to ticket purchasing and further information can be found here.
Beautiful views across Loch Lomond from Cashel Forest
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