Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk, Galloway, SW Scotland

£25.00£50.00

Saturday, 21 May 2022
13:00 - 16:30

A guided foraging walk exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants available in late Spring.

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Description

A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants and fungi available in late Spring. This walk includes foraged tasters and tipples throughout.

May is a time of plenty for foragers, with spring shoots and buds swelling and aromatic blossoms at every turn. Highlights of the day will include a deep dive into reedmace and aquatic greens, an exploration of the edible uses of several conifers, and an introduction to fermenting wild greens. This is a great time of great abundance and you will be able to take home plenty of tasty things to try. 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).

Learn:

  • Spring hedgerow, forest and wetland plants (usually at least 30 species) – identification, sustainable harvesting, tips on how to cook and preserve them
  • How to recognise and avoid poisonous lookalikes
  • Follklore/traditional uses
  • Modern gourmet, medicinal, craft and nutritional uses of wild plants and possibly a few 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 use the wild foods we encounter.

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.


EVENT LOCATION

The general event location is provided in the event description, and in your booking confirmation. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here. This location is general (eg. “Within 30 minutes drive of XXX”, so that you can consider and plan the area you need to get to prior to booking.

Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking in the week prior to the event. This allows me to account for the often fickle nature of wild plants and fungi and select the optimum location for our walk – which can be especially important for fungi forays.

It is important that you add mark@gallowaywildfoods.com and markleewilliams@googlemail.com  to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters. This is extremely important if you have a .hotmail email account as they are notorious for having very sensitive spam filters.

The detailed event information email will be sent in the week before the event – sometimes as little as 3 days prior to the event. There is no need to badger me for it – I will send it! If you haven’t received it by within 3 days of the event, check your spam folders. If it isn’t there drop me an email – mark@gallowaywildfoods.com.


CANCELLATION POLICY

Any cancellation must be sent by email to mark@gallowaywildfoods.com, quoting the event title, date and order number (viewable on your booking confirmation.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund, rebook or reinstate vouchers for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the event. If I can refill the place at short notice, I will pay a full refund less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees, or send a voucher to the full value of the tickets. Please state your preference in your cancellation email.

If you cancel or amend a booking giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund less 5% to cover Paypal fees, or a Gift Voucher to the full value of your booking.Please state your preference in your cancellation email. Information on using gift vouchers is here.

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.


INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE ON BOOKING

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.

It is your responsibility to provide accurate information about all memo if your party. If you write “None” in the additional information box, I will assume all attendees are omnivorous and have no relevant medical conditions or mobility issues.

All information is kept private, securely, and in line with GDPR – more information on this here.


WHAT TO BRING ON A WALK

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.


DOGS

Some events are not suitable for dogs. We tend to move slowly as we learn, and often dogs get bored/agitated/cold by the slow pace. If you would like to bring a dog, please note this on the booking form un the “Additional Information” box.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information on Galloway Wild Foods Terms and Conditions can be found here.

If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com, or if you are running late on the day.

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