Wild Food School ®

Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Wild Food foraging courses

Potential wild food - Goosgrass

Wild Food foraging

Forage for wild foods

Wild Food courses

Wild Food - Salad Burnet

Foraging the wild foods

Elecampane - wild food flavouring

Dewberry - an excellent wild fruit

Indian Strawberry - forage wild foods

Ever foraged for, and eaten, nettles? Or even some of the edible thistles? Well how about telling your friends that you've become a wild food gourmet, eating chickweed, and bulrushes, and know all about finding and foraging food from the wild? If that's the sort of thing that tickles your fancy, then Wild Food School courses are probably the sort of thing that will capture your imagination...

Or perhaps you're looking to cut down on your supermarket bills, or for a new imaginative flavour-texture twist, or just plain curious to try a cup of dandelion coffee (actually, it's extremely good)?

Wild Food School courses offer 2-day, day and half-day sessions
[see 2008 Schedule link opposite] where students can gain hands-on experience in identifying and using some 50 to 90+ [depending on season] of Britain's edible wild plants, and do so in an informal learning environment. There are also guided walks on the subject. A Distance Learning programme is also available which may be of more benefit to folks who don't have the time to visit. Further details opposite, right.

WFS courses were started by the author of a series of wild food cookbooks (and who has had an interest in wild foods for over 30 years), as a way of helping people discover this unfamiliar corner of the food world; a world which can be rather daunting until one becomes familiar with the plants and their physical characteristics and also cooking qualities. MORE BACKGROUND

While some survival schools and herbal 'hobbyists' may offer you wild food courses - a number quietly gaining their expertise via Wild Food School - WFS is the only solely dedicated, round-the-clock, 12/12, operation of its sort in the UK and is not supported by supplementary activities. When not teaching there's the pure research side (both historical and technical) to undertake which provides an immense breadth of expertise virtually unavailable elsewhere and routinely feeds back into the courses, keeping them fresh and up-to-date.

Hands-on courses are based around the ancient town of Lostwithiel and provide students with a totally immersive experience - from learning to the identify plants, to preparing and cooking them. Each session is almost 'individual'; tailored to what is seasonally available and to the preferences of those attending... survival food, ethnobotany, just starting with foraging, or how to use wild greens in more traditional styles.

Courses generally include a 'forage' or walk in the local countryside, so sturdy shoes are necessary. Please get in touch about accommodation, which can be arranged.

Prices: Day and Introductory courses - £35-90 pp. / W/E & 2-day courses - £175 pp

For more information, or to organise your place on one of the wild food courses, drop an e-mail while you're here, or telephone 01208 873788.

Just occasionally one wonders if the world out there cares about wild foods, but then E-responses such as the following put all the work put into the books and courses into perspective:

"Your books have been a treasured source of inspiration for me!" JS, Cambs.

"Just a short note to say thanks very much for the excellent course material for the home study course. It really is first class and has answered all my questions regarding 'Wild Food' ". JP, Glos.

"Awesome CD! I am really impressed. I look forward to ordering the next one.". RL, Surrey.

"I already have a reasonable knowledge of plants for food and medicinal uses, but found the recipes incredibly useful! I shall be trying some over the next few weeks." KW, Suffolk.

Make your Wild Food School visit part of a longer stay in Cornwall, Britain's most popular holiday destination. Picturesque Lostwithiel, with its old castle, straddles the magical River Fowey [try your hand at fishing its waters], and is a local centre for the antiques trade. Lostwithiel is on the London to Penzance railway line, and National Express coaches have a service passing through the town. Trains run from nearby St. Austell to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Wales. Also nearby there is the world-famous Eden Project, while Cornwall's coastlines offer lots of possibilities for exhilarating walks and windsurfing, and there are many famous formal gardens such as nearby Lanhydrock, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. WFS courses also make an unusual gift idea for that person who already has everything.

For bookings or more details please e-mail or call 01208 873788.

Red Clover flowers - a handy salad item

Wild food foraging courses

Hops - an excellent wild food

Yellow Goat's Beard - wild food root

Wild Food flavouring - Ground Ivy

Some thistles provide wild food

Rampion Bellflower - wild food root

Wild Food courses - Wild Food School

Melilot - a wild food flavouring

Foraging the wild Pennywort/Navelwort

Acorn - a possible wild food

Forage for acorns

2008 Course Schedule

Distance Learning Course

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Experimental trials with Arum flour

Using Acorns


Beech masts as food

Foraging wild food ingredients - Jack by the Hedge
Three hedgerow ingredients to use at will...
Wild Food foraging courses at Wild Food School
Soup with alexanders & lesser celandine.

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