Foraging Courses

Hedgerow Harvest offer a range of foraging courses for those that want to learn about gathering and eating wild food. These courses cover many different habitats - woodland, shore, hedgerow and field, as well as the range of wild foods - plants, fungi, seaweed and shellfish. We have appeared or been featured in a range of print media including The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sunday Times as well as broadcast media including the Radio 4 Food Programme and Gardener’s Question Time.

New Forest "no-picking" code 31/08/16

Today The Forestry Commission have announced a new "no-picking" code for fungi in the New Forest. You can read the full details and see a link to Q&A on this page.

As a holder of a permit to run educational fungus events in the New Forest for the Autumn of 2016, they have written to confirm that our permits are still valid and that we can go ahead with our fungus events as in previous years complying with their guidance.

Foraging Day Courses

Join us for full day foraging course include a walk and the preparation (and eating!) of a three course, wild food meal based on our finds. We have courses for most seasons and habitats. Learn more

Foraging Day Courses

Foraging Walks

Foraging walks are around 3 hours duration.  We will look for edible and poisonous species discussing culinary uses of the edibles. The walks include sampling. Learn more

Foraging Walks

Family Foraging Walks

Foraging and subsequent cooking are great activities for adults and children offering quality time and something to eat/drink at the end. We offer a range of fun, family foraging walks - hedgerow, seashore and fungi. Learn more

family foraging

Bespoke (Private) foraging courses

A bespoke or private foraging course may be one-to-one, for a couple, a family, a few friends, a hen or stag party or it could be for your group or organisation or a corporate or public event. Learn more

bespoke private course

We aim to give people that are new to foraging the confidence to try on their own. For those with some foraging knowledge already, we broaden it into new wild food groups. All foraging courses and walks emphasise sustainable harvesting, safety and legal aspects.

We have been running foraging courses since 2008, though have foraged since childhood. We are fully insured and are a member of the Association of Foragers.

What do our customers think?

Thank you James for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day. The course was exactly what we needed and has given us confidence to start foraging ourselves. We have since made several meals with food on our doorstep and has inspired us to keep learning. We have ordered some of the books you suggested. We now can't go out for a walk without spotting food everywhere. We are amazed at how our relationship with our environment has been enhanced. We have spread the word about the course and fully intend to attend further courses, great value for money, a real life changer. Thank you so much!

Julianne, Justin & Thomas, Dorset

You can read more testimonials here (and on the individual course pages) with the same words appearing time and time again - informative, interesting, enjoyable, inspiring and recommend. You will see that many say they have gone home with new confidence and are already putting their skills into practice. A good proportion of our guests return to us for other courses.

Where do you run your foraging courses?

We run our scheduled foraging courses in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, but cover a wider area for bespoke (private) courses and events.

Dorset Our land-based courses are run in the beautiful West Dorset countryside. It has changed little since Thomas Hardy used the area as inspiration for his novels and much of the filming for the recent version of Far from the madding crowd was done here. Our coastal courses use a number of locations from West Bay to Poole, all on the spectacular Jurassic coast. Whether you are joining us on land or coast, why not make a weekend (or longer) break of it?

Wiltshire Our Wiltshire courses are located in rolling countryside in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our venue is between Marlborough, Hungerford and Swindon and is accessible by train/bus from London and is convenient for the M4.

Hampshire Our fungi courses are run in Hampshire's New Forest. It is a place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty. The New Forest is well connected by road making it easily in reach for the day from London and many areas.

Latest Blog Posts
New Forest "No Picking sign

New Forest Fungi – “no-picking” code - Part 2

Part 1, written in early September can be found here. This post brings things up to date and gives our ...

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OLD sign. A limited number of inclosures have had been "no picking" for some years. One assumes that they have been used for comparative academic studies, but we don't know.

New Forest Fungi - no-picking code

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Cherry Plums - delicious!

Foraging for Cherry Plums

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This July 12, 2016 photo shows James Feaver, left, a foraging guide, leading Fonthip Boonmak and her son, Jimmy Harmer, through a high meadow in the county of Dorset in southwest England, in search of wild edibles. Feaver offers a course through his company Hedgerow Harvest in foraging for edible plants like elderflowers, mint and sea beet leaves, which are then used to prepare a meal. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Sea beet leaves and elderflower: Learning to forage for food

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Wild Gooseberries - smaller than their cultivated descendants, they can be pink or white. Some will be sweet enough to eat raw.

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Beatrix Potter, Mycologist.

Beatrix Potter, Mycologist.

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Pine Needle Cordial

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Seaweed foraging course group

Seaweed and Eat It! 5th June 2016

We were really lucky to have the sun and glorious blue skies without even a breath of wind for our ...

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Basket of Elderflower

There’s more to Elderflower than Cordial and Champagne!

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