Bespoke 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. We can even work with your pub / restaurant on a "forage and feast" session. We are based in Dorset, though can run courses at other locations.

We can tailor a programme to fit the time of year, your interests and location. This could include:

  • Spring greens - wild salad leaves, vegetables and herbs
  • Fruit and nuts
  • Edible fungi
  • Seashore foraging - seaweed, plants, shellfish, crustaceans
  • Urban forage
  • Mackerel fishing
  • A wild food-based meal - ready for you or for guests to cook
  • An illustrated talk about seasonal wild-food

Please contact us to discuss your requirements including:

  • When and where you would like the course
  • Likely numbers of people involved
  • Duration
  • Anything you would like to include e.g. cooking a meal

and we will come back with a price for you.

Take a look

Read about a bespoke family foraging and cooking session in The Daily Mail. See a blog post on a bespoke seashore foraging that we ran.

Examples

Hen Parties

We have organised a number of half-day foraging sessions as part of hen party weekends. After a foraging walk the guests produce a fantastic three-course meal based on our finds. We supply conventional ingredients, instruction and wild drinks; we can accommodate a range of dietary requirements. See photos from such events here and here.

Families

We have run a number of foraging events for holidaying families in Dorset and The New Forest. After a foraging walk you can cook a wild food-based meal at your accommodation. Read a great article about one in The Daily Mail.

Group of friends

We were asked to put together a two day foraging event for a group of friends. This comprised a day finding edible fungi in the New Forest and a day of seashore and urban foraging.

Leiths School of Food and Wine

We recently ran a fungus walk for the teaching staff of Leiths School of Food and Wine, a leading London cookery school.

Dorset Tea

We ran a foraging event for a group of bloggers who were guests of Dorset Tea. They had a seashore foraging walk and a wild-food picnic on the beach. View pictures from this event here.

A private company

Hedgerow Harvest ran a day of summer foraging for the staff of a Dorset-based food company. The day comprised a foraging walk, cooking and eating a three course wild food lunch and then an illustrated talk on wild foods. The course helped inspire a new range based on foraged products.

Slow Food Dorset

We took members of Slow Food Dorset on a Seashore Foraging Walk. The walk found seashore plants, an edible fungus, seven species of edible seaweeds, mussels, cockles, clams and we also caught shrimps. The group learnt about the necessary equipment, safety, legal and sustainability issues.

Durlston Country Park

We ran a Spring Greens foraging course for visitors to Durlston Country Park. This included a foraging walk and a wild food-based lunch.

Hen party foraging event
Hen party foraging event.
A family on holiday enjoy a private foraging session.
A family on holiday enjoy a private foraging session.
A group of bloggers enjoy a corporate foraging event.
A group of bloggers enjoy a corporate foraging event. Photo courtesy of The West Dorset Foodie – http://www.westdorsetfoodie.co.uk.

Testimonials

… everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day …

Many many thanks – everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day; even those who already knew a little about mushrooming. Your knowledge and humour was greatly appreciated and you looked after us all extremely well. Hopefully we can arrange another day with you!

Claire McDonald, Principal, Leiths School of Food and Wine, London

… great afternoon …

Just a brief note to thank you most sincerely for the great afternoon you gave our party yesterday. By coincidence, today’s food programme on Radio 4 majored on sea harvesting! Your enthusiasm was infectious and I am sure everyone will now look at the sea-shore with different eyes. Thank you so much and I do hope we will see you soon at one of our events in the future.

John Peace, Group Leader, Slow Food Dorset

…now feel much more confident identifying and eating things…

Just a quick note to say thanks again for a fantastic two days. We learnt a lot, in a very enjoyable way, and now feel much more confident identifying and eating things. Your approach to the idea of foraging is excellent – showing us things that can easily be identified and are actually nice to eat, rather than giving us millions of latin names. It was plain you had done your homework and knew the spots you were taking us to. The whole thing was very professional.

Catherine, Oxfordshire

… a fantastic day …

Thank you so much for such a fantastic day, we all had a brilliant time.

Nadine, Somerset

…really enjoyed it …

Gunter and I wanted to thank you for a great forage day that we had with you, it triggered a new way of looking at the local greens and we also located quite some kinds of greens in our area, as also the fat hen just next to our garden. So thanks again for the day we really, really enjoyed it and have been talking a lot about it ever since.

Judith and Gunter, Holland

…brilliant time… excellent

Thank you very much for the fungi foraging experience yesterday morning. Emma and I had a brilliant time in your company exploring the forest for fungi. It was really interesting and informative. Your approach to delivering and imparting your obvious knowledge was excellent. To finish with a taste of our labours was a fitting end to a wonderful morning.
Andrew & Emma, Hampshire

… brilliant afternoon … and learnt so much

We all had a brilliant afternoon with you and learnt so much. Thank you so much! How lucky we were with the weather too. On Sunday we made sea beet soup for lunch and played around making seaweed crisps too – great fun! I really love the sea beet and hope to find some more of it.

Many thanks again for a great afternoon. Wishing you every continued success with your business.

Alice, Sussex

Fantastic… massively impressed…

What a fantastic day/ evening we all had. Thank you SO much, we were all massively impressed with every detail & how you’d catered for everyone.

Thoroughly enjoyed by all!!

Helen, Surrey

Brilliant

I wanted to thank you for a brilliant foraging expedition a couple of weekends ago in Ringwood for Jenni’s hen do. It was great and I definitely plan to make more nettle soup and beer!

Rachel, West Sussex

Fantastic time… brilliant

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for giving Sarah and her hens such a fantastic time on the walk yesterday. All the girls have said what a great time they had, how much they learnt and how brilliant you were. The lunch looked amazing and I hear it was equally as tasty!

Anna, Cheshire

Fantastic walk… tasty…really enjoyed

Thank you James for a fantastic walk yesterday for Sarah’s Hen weekend. It was great to find so many edible plants that we usually just walk past without knowing how delicious they can be. The menu you prepared was really tasty and I think I’ll definitely be on the look out with my scissors on my next coastal walk! We really enjoyed the morning.

Sue, Surrey

Another great day … everyone enjoyed it.

I wanted to say thank you for another great day yesterday. Everyone enjoyed it and I certainly feel a lot more confident knowing what to pick.

Jocelyn Browne, Rubicon Recruitment Group, Dorset