Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Autumn Wild Food Foraging Course/Walk – Newstead Abbey

Fri 25 Oct 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM BST
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Located on the northern outskirts of the city of Nottingham, Newstead Abbey and grounds is a 300-acre paradise of woodland, parkland, grassland, formal gardens and wetland habitats. At its heart is the ancestral home of Lord Byron, a former Augustinian priory and later grand family home. 

The grounds offer an excellent environment to discover and learn bout the wild edible plants and mushrooms growing in the UK. 

This foraging course is easy to reach from Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark, Sheffield, Doncaster, Lincoln, Leicester, Chesterfield, Worksop, Retford, Grantham, and Derby.

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
- exploration of the venue
- advice on sustainability and mindful practice
- 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 treats to sample
- digital notes sent after the course

The wild food taster participants will get to try could be soup, pesto, herb rub, vinegar, pickle, jam, jelly, or syrup. All are 100% plant/fungi-based or have a 100% plant/fungi-based alternative.

The exact meeting location and park access details will given two days before the course date.

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.

Terms and conditions can be found on

This is an educational course, there is no harvesting during the course. Samples are picked for identification purposes only.

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.