Wild food: hedgerow gourmet

Saturday 30 September 2017


The course

This course is aimed as an introduction to the world of wild food, focusing specifically on the plants and trees although we won’t ignore fungi should we manage to find any. We will also explore their myriad of other uses such as providing cures for ailments, refreshing drinks, or maybe something to clean your teeth with! A key skill to finding wild food lies in knowing where to look and the wild food expert can enter a different habitat and grasp immediately the possibilities that area has to offer. The day consists of a non-strenuous walk to identify and gather edible species followed by a late lunch and a chance to taste the wild foods gathered. We will explore a number of habitats and the resources each has to offer the forager. Peeling back the layers of both perception and our own heritage opens your eyes to the wonders of nature and a walk in the countryside will never be the same again!

The tutor

John Rhyder is an expert naturalist specialising in outdoor skills and human relationships with the natural world. He offers intriguing knowledge about wildlife, tracking, plants and trees plus first hand experience of an impressive array of traditional and indigenous crafts.
After working as head instructor for Ray Mears, the international survival expert, he now runs his own company Woodcraft School offering training courses in bushcraft and nature awareness in West Sussex.

Participant information

Participants should be aware that much of the day will be spent out of doors and many paths are sloping and uneven.


£75 per person, including tuition as well as teas and coffees. You may bring a packed lunch or the cafe will be open.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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