Bedfordshire Summer Wild Food Foraging Course/Walk – Ampthill Park

Fri 9 Aug 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM BST
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The historic Capability Brown landscaped Ampthill Great Park in Bedfordshire was where Henry VIII kept his first wife Katherine of Aragon under house arrest. It offers a range of habitats in which to learn how to identify and forage for edible mushrooms and plants growing in the UK. 

This foraging course is easy to reach from Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Cambridge and Dunstable.

On this course you will discover how to identify some commonly growing foods to forage for, and hints on where to look. When we meet up, we will go through laws and safety points of foraging before heading out to discover the wild food in the area. ​

The course includes: 
- an overview of foraging laws and safety best practice
- advice on sustainable and mindful practice
- exploration of the venue introduction to a number of edible species
- instruction on how to tell edible species apart from poisonous lookalikes
- information on where to find these species again
- recipe ideas
- wild food treat/s to sample
- digital information sheet sent after the course 

Samples of tasty wild food treat/s can include soups, pestos, salts, pickles, syrups, cordials, jams, jellies, leathers, vinegars, and preserves. All are either 100% plant/fungi-based or have a 100% plant/fungi-based alternative.

Participants must be aged 18 or over - sorry, no children under 18 or babes in arms on this course.

Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the course.

Smoking is not permitted once the course has started.

Exact meet-up location and further information sent two days before the course date.  

Terms and conditions can be found on

We cannot guarantee what species will be growing on any given course date - this is the nature of foraging. As a rough guide, springtime and summer courses should be predominantly plant focused, with mushrooms sometimes found. Summer courses may also have fruits and flowers to learn about, with some mushrooms. Autumn courses should be more mushroom-focused than spring or summer courses but this is dependant on weather conditions preceding the course.

We do not harvest on this course. Any picking is for identification purposes only.