Testimonials

Enjoyed our day… learnt a lot

Just to say how much Rox and I enjoyed our day with you on Saturday. We felt we learnt a lot and are armed with a new degree of mushroom confidence – overlaid you will be pleased to hear, but some healthy caution !!

Harry & Rox, Hampshire

… built our confidence in being able to recognise mushrooms …

Thank you for a great day. You have built our confidence in being able to recognise mushrooms and how to use the key in the book.
Already I have had friends asking about the course as they would like to buy gift vouchers for family members for Christmas so I hope lots of work comes your way.
Hope to see you on another course sometime.

Lesley & Peter, Hampshire

… thoroughly enjoyed the whole day …

Many, many thanks for Sunday. Derek and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. You put a lot of effort into including us all and it was also really good fun!
I will definitely be contacting you again for other treats

Derek & Louise, Wiltshire

… a fantastic day …

Just got back home and wanted to say thank you for a fantastic day.  Everything about it was exactly what we were hoping for.  Hope to see you again on one of your future courses.
Chris, Wiltshire

Loved it!

Loved it! Great to learn something new, thank you James

Kate, Berkshire

… informative and entertaining …

James was an informative and entertaining instructor, guiding us in the identification and use of spring greens. The lunch of nettle soup and wild garlic frittata was excellent. I would look forward to taking part in a future course and would have no hesitation in recommending the course to others.

Ken, Wiltshire

… perfect introduction to foraging

For me this was a perfect introduction to foraging. The level was exactly right and every aspect of the day was interesting. I can’t think of how it could have been improved. Excellent company, clear, insightful and knowledgable tuition, with a fun and friendly atmosphere. I went out on a walk the next day and found all this green stuff growing that I picked and ate which I’d never realised was there. Thank you.

Nick, London

The most fun I’ve had in years!

The most fun I’ve had in years! Think I’ve found a new obsession!

Karen, Dorset

… 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

The course was exactly what we needed …

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

wonderful day … well organised and enjoyable

Both Elva and Jane would like to thank you for the wonderful day they had on Saturday. Having never been foraging they were a little apprehensive about how much they might enjoy the day, your well organised and enjoyable course put those fears to rest, they both were particularly happy that you went that extra step to accommodate them by preparing all vegan recipes. I can tell you that they are both looking forward joining you again on the Fruit and Nut course this September.

Elva & Jane, Wiltshire

Would highly recommend this course

Great day unusual birthday present so was a bit apprehensive but we will use foraging in the future. Hopefully will do the nuts and berries in September. Would highly recommend this course. Very interesting day and met some nice people.

Kev and Tess, Wiltshire

A very informative day

A very informative day. Returned to my garden with renewed vigour knowing that I will never have to weed the ground elder, dandelions, and nettles ever again. Marvellous

Anon

… a very good course

It was a very good course. Thank you very much indeed.

Ian and Rosemary, Dorset

… 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

… really interesting …

Just a note to say how much Maureen and I enjoyed our day yesterday, it was really interesting.

Hope to see you again

Stephen and Maureen, Wiltshire

…extremely interesting and enjoyable…

Thanks for an extremely interesting and enjoyable afternoon yesterday, both Kate and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We are also booked on to one of your fungus walks in October and we are very much looking forward to it.

Alan and Kate, Hampshire

Very useful and informative …

I had had a lovely time on Saturday thank you. Very useful and informative.

John, Hampshire

… fab day …

Thanks for a fab day, we really enjoyed it,

Karen and Leys, Wiltshire

A really comprehensive introduction

A really comprehensive introduction. James is an enthusiastic and articulate naturalist with a wide knowledge and an easy manner.

Harry and Rox, Hampshire

… very knowledgeable …

It was a great birthday gift for my husband who is really interested in learning more about foraging. James was very knowledgeable about all sorts of different aspects of plant and food foraging and the afternoon we spent on the beach was well worth the money. Loads of fresh air and good fun too. What more could you ask for as a birthday treat?

Leigh and Paul, Dorset

… really informative enjoyable afternoon …

Thank you for a really informative enjoyable afternoon James. I look forward to booking another course this year.

Debs, Dorset

I loved it all !!!

Learnt loads, also liked the other aspects you covered on safety. Oli particularly loved catching razor clams and I loved it all !! will see the seashore in a whole new way. We are already spotting some of the things we were shown on the course in places near us. Also the soup at the end was 10/10

Amber and Ollie, Wiltshire

… a really amazing foraging afternoon …

I want to thank you for a really amazing foraging afternoon on Saturday. What fun, I learned so much, you made it all so interesting.

The highlight for me was finding Razor clams, I can’t wait to take my grandchildren, 3 boys, hunting.

And finally the heart-warming soup…so welcome..and delicious.

Pat, Dorset

You have opened my eyes …

Thank you so much for our really interesting afternoon with you on the seashore. You have opened my eyes and mind to new knowledge and it is rather shocking that at my age I am so ignorant as to the foraging possibilities.

Anne, Dorset

… a great learning experience …

Thanks for a great learning experience and I look forward to joining you again.

Richard, Kent

My friends are really jealous …

Thank you again for the opportunity of experiencing this with the events you organise. My friends are really jealous of my weekend away at the coast !

Maggie, Wiltshire

An excellent day, thoroughly enjoyable …

An excellent day, thoroughly enjoyable and I have learnt a lot. Would definitely come again.

Neil, Dorset

Really good all round introduction.

Really good all round introduction. James’ knowledge was impressive and he was flexible in the tuition to suit our personal interests.

Zoe, Dorset

… a great day …

Just a note to say thank you for a great day on Saturday. I hope to join you another time.

Jan, Wiltshire

… learnt more on this course than all of the others combined.

I have been on many forays but learnt more on this course than all of the others combined.

Yvonne, Hampshire

… recommend it to anyone …

We would just like to say that we had an absolutely lovely day yesterday, with you both, doing the Fungi Foray in the New Forest. Perfect weather and a lovely friendly crowd. I would, and will, recommend it to anyone, experienced or not. Excellent tuition and lovely day thank you very much, topped off with eating and exhibiting our prizes! Look forward to hearing from you in the spring!

Mary and Tom, Wiltshire

Excellent experience

Excellent experience – opened up the world of mushrooms for us.

Emma and Simon, Hampshire

… it was great.

Just to say how much I enjoyed the course on Sunday, it was great. I feel confident about foraging for mushrooms now.

Simone, Berkshire

We would not hesitate to recommend the day out.

Thank you for a superb Fungi walk, what a packed day! Greg and I learnt so much and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to taste the mushrooms at the end of the walk. We found the whole experience both interesting and informative and were amazed at your vast knowledge. We would not hesitate to recommend the day out.

Denise and Greg, Hampshire

a really enjoyable, well organised and fascinating walk

Oliver and I enjoyed the day enormously and really don’t think it could have been improved upon in any way. You were relaxed as you were informative, and we certainly came away considerably more knowledgeable than we arrived. As you could probably tell, Ollie is a genuine mushroom/wild food lover, and the only downside is that I am now being perpetually nagged to find the nearest mushroom bearing wood and thoroughly explore it for fungal potential!

All in all, a really enjoyable, well organised and fascinating walk in the woods. Thank you for a super day. We will certainly be back to explore and learn more.

Looking forward to seeing again before long,

Ollie and Matthew, Oxfordshire

We loved it …

Thanks so much. We loved it….so much so that despite being soaked we stopped again a bit further along the road and went searching some more……we found Oyster Mushrooms, lots of Amethyst Deceivers and a huge cauliflower fungus!

Laura and Andy

A great day…

This was a great day out and very interesting.

Martin, Wiltshire

… very informative and fun …

Thank you for a very informative and fun morning last Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the food you gave us was delicious and inspiring.

Kristina, Somerset

… enjoyed every minute …

Thanks James for the seaweed foraging experience today, enjoyed every minute, great place on a sunny day with a great group of people, some serious seaweed airing going down tomorrow, in fact bit of a seaweed fest tomorrow, going for the sea lettuce, peppery dulse with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for a decadent brekkie, crispy seaweed for lunch some seaweed crisps to snack on in between and you must give me that miso soup recipe we tried today, thanks again!

Mark, Dorset

A great way to spend a pleasant day …

Really enjoyed the day’s foraging and the people I met on the course. A great way to spend a pleasant day learning something about the countryside

Peter

thoroughly enjoyed the whole day

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, especially learning what delicious meals that can be made from what we found. We will be looking to book a fungi course next. Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable day.

Tiziana and John, Hampshire

… a fantastic afternoon…

We had such a fantastic afternoon and can’t wait to book on to another course.

Katie and Hugh, Dorset

.. absolutely wonderful … inspiring … highly enjoyable..

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful day yesterday, it was both inspiring and highly enjoyable with the added bonus for a wonderful meal to round it all off

Colin, Dorset

an informing and entertaining afternoon … recommend the experience

Thank you so much for an informing and entertaining afternoon. We really enjoyed it and we will certainly recommend the experience.

Nick & Stef, Hampshire

…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

..informative… enthused… enjoyable… would recommend you to others

Very informative and informal. We went off the next day to have a go ourselves we were so enthused. Thank you so much we would recommend you to others – very enjoyable.

Lisa & JIm, Hampshire

another great fungi walk … learn something new every time

Thank you again James for another great Fungi Walk. I learn something new every time and always great fun in a lovely location.

(This lady has now been on 3 of our fungi events)

Yvonne, Hampshire

We thoroughly enjoyed it, don’t change a thing!

We thoroughly enjoyed it, don’t change a thing!

Alan & Kate, Hampshire

fantastic morning … captivated…

All I can say is what a fantastic morning it was. Where did the 3 hours go? Lara is 10 and Joe is 8, both of them were captivated by the foraging tuition. Great weather helped too. We will be back for sure and promise to spread the word!

Karl, Lara & Joe, West Sussex

…enjoyable day, well paced and interesting…

It was a most enjoyable day, well paced and interesting and I certainly learned a lot about the diverse world of fungi.

John, 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

Excellent day … You pitched the day exactly right.

Excellent day yesterday. Thank you James. You pitched the day exactly right – I came away knowing quite a few more plants that I can eat and I will remember what I learned because it was relaxed with plenty of time to absorb the information. Can’t wait to make Pine Needle Cordial and Nettle Beer! Hopefully, see you in October for a fungi day!

Jocelyn, Bournemouth

…a very informative day… I really enjoyed it.

Just a short note to say thank you for a very informative day last Saturday, I really enjoyed it. When I returned home the family were keen to know what I picked and had eaten so you can imagine the comments from the small grandchildren when I told them I had made and eaten nettle soup amongst other things. I suppose I will just have to make it for them before they will really believe that you can eat nettles!

Graham, Dorset

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

Great fun… brilliant… fun

Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday, it was great fun and in particular the razor clamming
was just brilliant! I will be in touch regarding mushroom hunting in the Autumn. Thanks again, it really was fun and I always enjoy meeting all sorts of people, especially when they laugh!

Rosie, Wiltshire

…another great course…I would highly recommend to others

Thank you for another great course James! Really good fun and very informational. I would highly recommend to others. We took the razor clams home we collected during the course and ate them shortly after – very tasty. We will be heading back to the beach now we know how to collect them!

Katherine, Dorset

Thoroughly enjoyed…great fun…brilliant

Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday, it was great fun and in particular the razor clamming
was just brilliant!

Rosie, Wiltshire

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

Lovely day…delicious meal…fascinating

Lovely day on the Dorset Coast, followed by delicious meal. Fascinating that you can eat so much seaweed.

Alex, Surrey

Very enjoyable… strongly recommend

Very enjoyable day, I would strongly recommend to anyone. Who would have thought seaweed was so versatile!

Ross, Surrey

Excellent day.

Excellent day, well worked through. Enjoyed the food preparation and eating too.

Rose, Dorset

Great day.

A great day which combined the foraging for seaweed and cooking of it very well.

John, Devon

Excellent, informative, fun..

Excellent, informative, fun day out!

Ian, Surrey

I am now confident

A lovely day out and I am now confident about harvesting seaweed and using it.

John, Hampshire

Fabulous day, very informative…

Fabulous day, very informative. The information we were given we will be able to take away and use and the fact we cooked a meal at the end reinforced the use of the seaweeds in everyday cooking.

Sue, Hampshire

Loved it!

Loved it! So interesting, presented well and with humour. Feel confident now that I could safely identify several Wild Mushrooms.

Susan, Hampshire

Very informative relaxed course

Very informative relaxed course. Really pleased that I now feel able to go out and harvest from nature’s store cupboard!

Angeline, Hampshire

Thoroughly recommended!

We had a great time and learned a lot on this walk. Very relaxed, friendly event. Thoroughly recommended!

Anna & Andrew, Dorset

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

.. a delight. … I would thoroughly recommend this course.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the whole experience was a delight. James is a relaxed and confident tutor, very passionate and knowledgeable about foraging in harmony with protecting the natural habitat. Involving the group in collecting ingredients for our 3 course lunch made everything relevant. I would thoroughly recommend this course, and will view the “weeds” in my garden in a whole new light!

Liz, West Dorset

Excellent and fun … definitely recommend his courses

An excellent and fun course! Was very refreshing to spend the day outside (in the sun!) learning about foraging. I was surprised how good the lunch was and I’m now excited about using foraging for myself and cooking in the future. It was great to meet James and learn from his foraging experience. I will definitely recommend his courses to anyone who might be interested.

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