Spring Foraging Walk (Extended Walk 4 hours)

Benbow Pond

Please note that this walk will now be meeting at Benbow Pond (GU28 9BX)

Connect with nature and understand your landscape on this foraging walk with Cowdray’s Forager, George.

Foraging WalkOn this early spring guided walk you will be taken through some of West Sussex’s beautiful countryside in search of wild foods covering a range of habitats to best showcase the new year’s emerging growth. You will learn how to identify individual species and learn about what is edible, and what’s not, to help you forage safely.

This walk is classed as intermediate and will be four hours long. It will touch on a wide range of subjects including mycelium and mushroom foraging, and what’s best to forage. The focus will be on identification and uses of a range of wild vegetables and herbs that can be found just emerging from their winter states. Generally spring is considered the best time to forage for wild greens because the plants are full of the stored sugars used to kick start their growing season. George will also talk about how to best extract and preserve these fantastic flavours to be stored and used throughout the year.

Please note: These extended walks can still be attended by beginners as the content will cover all the basics. This walk will also cover a more advanced variety of subjects and species giving you a more in depth foraging experience that can help start or develop any budding forager. It will also touch on how to beat the seasons and find plants early or late and identify sheltered pockets where plants have persisted.

Examples of species found: pig nuts, lime leaves, spruce tips, chervil, wild garlic, wood ear mushrooms, hawthorn leaves, water celery.

Walks will be circular beginning and ending in the Cowdray Farm Shop overflow car park and will last approximately four hours. George will vary walk locations around the Estate to give you the best walk which encapsulates the season. Please see the reminder email sent out before the event to get exact start location to your walk. 

Please wear footwear that is suitable for undulating terrain. Click here to find out more about Foraging at Cowdray.


Meet George, Cowdray’s Forager:

George has been foraging and using wild foods for some years, supplying the freshest foraged wild edibles to some of the country’s top restaurants, chefs and food establishments.

After years of being immersed in the ‘wild’ himself, George now focuses on encouraging others to appreciate the significance of our native countryside, and how we can enjoy and protect it for future generations.

Over his years of foraging George has accrued an in-depth knowledge of our countryside, its diverse habitats and the variety of plants and fungi each contains. He has covered the length and breadth of the country from the Scottish Highlands to the moors and coasts of Cornwall, in search of new native edibles as well as sustainable sources to pick them. Working closely with chefs consulting on what, when and how to use each ingredient to best showcase them has led George to be featured on programmes like BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, following the journey from the forests and fields to fork. George now hopes to inspire you on your own adventure of discovery.

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