Brighton Guided Wild Food and Medicine Forage Walk

The first Brighton walk of the new year, ever in fact, at long last!

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Once again, we are going to sharpen our focus on those precious winter and early spring greens, many of them potential salads, whilst widening our gaze once more to get up close with our woody species, both shrubs and trees.

For any forager, knowing the silhouette shapes of plants from a distance can mean saving ourselves a sticky, tiresome trudge across fields. All plants produce a form and habit unique to itself, and the winter and early springtime are a great time to get to know the woody plants, as this is when they are naked, and bare their souls to those with an observant eye for detail.

Although some plants, such as the ash tree, birch, horse chestnut, and some of the willows are easily spotted from quite some distance away, it is often only when we look closely at branches, trunks, twigs and buds of species, say, in the oak genus (Quercus) or cherry and plum genus (Prunus), that we can tell definatively which species we are looking at. Also, at this time of year we can be thinking of tapping the birch and sycamore trees for thier sweet sap.

So on this guided walk with Christopher Hope BSc Med Hort, you will spend a lot of time closely observing some of our more common tree species, in order that the attendees can practice their identification skills, as well as noting the habitats that the plants under question are most suited to, or enjoy above others.

But we won't forget to closely analyse the readily available greenery, so vital at this time of year, or the emerging new shoots of the spring flowers that, given we dont plunge into arctic conditions for 4 weeks beforehand willbe allaround us. The greenery that is available is especially valuable at this time of year, because the vast majority of plants are dormant or may have succumbed to the frosty colder weather.

To only forage in the fair weather of spring and summer without having foraged in the winter, is to miss vital parts of the jigsaw...and your knowledge can never be as useful to you. So wrap up warm, and prepare to discover more vital secrets of the hedgerow!

Children under 16 can come half price on any walk...Under 12's can come for free with an accompanying adult, but all must be supervised.

Payment for the event can also be made offline, please email me for details.

Concessionary spaces for low waged / unwaged / pensioners are available for this walk and all others.

I look forward to seeing you there...

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  • Sunny S.

    Frrrrrrrreeezing BUT totally my fault cos I left my woolly hat behind.. and DESPITE THAT the walk was super duper..We were lucky to have the last snow-free day.. it chucked down today and is still going. Chris is a great resource.. and I loved his ability to reel off those latin names. I was so excited to find wild onions and eat some yummy mushrooms off the elder? Jews ears as I now know them to be. And as for the coconutty blackberry shoots.. wow! Chris produced a sharp knife and we all got chunks of really tasty wild chervil stem.. not to be mistaken for hemlock which has red spots on the stem, usually, and is not 'in the groove'... Great to see the permaculture favorite Russian Olive [two kinds] in the shade of which were some tiny Parma Violets. They really do taste like the sweets! Great bunch of people...and great learning.

    Nice to meet y'all... and thanks so much Chris for sharing your extensive knowledge..

    March 11, 2013

  • Marcus

    This was only my 2nd walk, but already I’m starting to recognize plants and could even name one which is a major achievement for me. Despite the weather had a great time, good company & a pint to boot.

    March 11, 2013

  • chris

    cold again, but great company, inspiring discussions and much food for thought...we are definately coming back for more

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really loved it, thanks Chris come back soon x

    March 11, 2013

  • Ade l.

    what a fantastic afternoon! an informative and fun walk with Chris made me realise just how many edible plants are flourishing at this barren time of year.all who attended wrere warm and friendly-it was great to meet you all. ending thee day in a warm pub was a good move.

    March 11, 2013

  • lena p.

    Great day, the rain held up, great people

    March 11, 2013

  • chris

    As forecasted...its not warm, and its not raining here in Brighton at 0935! Its cloudy as the met office have been saying for ages, but any rain we get today will be very slight!

    March 10, 2013

  • Sunny S.

    I'm up for this.. there's no such thing as bad weather, especially cold weather, just inadequate clothing.. If it totally pours then yes, it's gonna be difficult.. but if it's just cold.. I'm there! Can't wait.. and yes 11.30 will be better for me as I have to walk from the bus stop... assuming its' on time.. see y'all tomorrow.. or omigosh.. it's today.. in 9 hours!!! good thing I napped this afternoon!

    March 10, 2013

  • chris

    Hi Lena, the weather forecast from the met office does indeed show low temperatures, and possibility of slight rain. So it will be a typical late winters day here in Britain then! To be quite frank, I'm not in the habit of cancelling due to our weather, unless some horrendous storm is on us and with an increasingly busy diary, I'm not even sure when I could re-arrange.

    March 9, 2013

  • lena p.

    hi,
    The weather report is 4 degrees and rain. It looks set to be a difficult day. How about cancelling. I'm for cancelling and moving it to another time, does anyone else agree?
    thanks for your feedback
    lena

    March 9, 2013

  • Shane O D.

    Hey i'm shane... Just grew up in the countryside so i hope that qualifies me!!!

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Marcus

    Looking forward to this although the weather is forecast to drop back to 6 degrees. I’ll be coming on the train from London that morning & 11:30am would be a thousand times better for me.

    March 6, 2013

  • chris

    Really looking forward to revealling a few of the edible delights that Brighton has to offer. Fingers crossed that the artic/siberian weather has passed! Sunny, re: your travel arrangements...thats fine, I understand the sketch. Especially as a user of public transport! Hopefully folk are going to be fine with hanging out at the pub for a few extra minutes! We can have a look at the plants growing nearby..?! I feel we could hold off departing until 11.30 and I will email my number and directions of travel to you all in the next 24 hours! Regards, Chris

    March 6, 2013

  • lena p.

    Look forward to meeting you and having a good days forage,
    Lena

    March 6, 2013

  • Sunny S.

    I am joining you on Sunday bought the bus ticket already. BUT.. the first bus from Eastbourne will arrive around 11.08 if it is on time and a ten minute or so walk after that.. so please bear with me. Chris I'll bring the money with me as not enough in bank account, having accidentally pressed wrong button to take cash yesterday!!!! I am really looking forward to identifying some lovely wild edibles. If anyone has a digital camera, please bring it to take pics. I want to 'facebook' the adventure but have no camera [no possessions to speak of!]... see y'all on Sunday.. Can I have a cell phone number to let you know I'm on my way if delayed and you can tell me where to catch up with you. thanks

    March 4, 2013

  • Martin

    Will book the Brighton walk nearer the time.

    February 27, 2013

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