A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants and fungi available in early Spring. (Walk only – does not include a picnic)
Early spring preserves
April is a wonderful time for foragers, with the sap rising in trees and springs shoots at their vibrant best. Highlights of the day will include birch tapping (though the sap rise will be near its end), a few spring fungi, early shoots, an introduction to fermenting wild greens. This is a great time of year to tune in to wild food resources for the year ahead. Both novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event.
Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years.
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Meeting Place: Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway, SW Scotland. Full directions will be emailed to ticket holders in the week before the event. There is information on visiting Galloway for events here.
Expect: Gentle walking covering less than 1 mile in 3 hours on well made paths, occasionally off-piste (which can be wet and muddy).
- Early Spring hedgerow plants and fungi (usually at least 30 species) – identification, poisonous lookalikes, sustainable harvesting, tips on how to cook and preserve them
- How to sustainably tap birch and sycamore trees, and what to do with your sap
- Follklore/traditional uses
- Modern gourmet, medicinal, craft and nutritional uses of wild plants and fungi
- Discussion of the wider politics around foraging and food
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 .
40 or so useful, accessible wild plants that can be foraged in April. Image ©GallowayWildFoods.com
Please note that this event does not include a wild food picnic like some of my other events. I am trialling this format to help keep the ticket price down. I will still come with a hefty bag of lovingly prepared tasters and tipples to share throughout the walk which serve to illustrate how to uses the wild foods we are exploring.
Bring: Stout footwear, waterproofs, water. Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing camera, notebook, field guide (plants), small basket/cloth bag.
Places are limited and events usually sell out fast – booking is essential.
Gift vouchers are available here
If you already have a gift voucher it can be used to pay for this event (in whole or in part) at the checkout.
Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.
The general event location is provided in the event description. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here.
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In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.
Galloway Wild Foods is not liable for any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur if an event has to be cancelled.
The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.
Please provide the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :
- Relevant medical conditions
- Mobility issues
- Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.
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.
Some events are not suitable for dogs. Please check with me by email if you wish to bring a dog on an event.
Please contact mark on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.