IN ORDER TO OFFER THESE EVENTS, WE ARE NOW OFFERING 2 SESSIONS PER DAY, FOR MUCH SMALLER GROUPS I.E. 6-8 PEOPLE ON A 2 HOUR COURSE, INSTEAD OF TWICE THAT NUMBER ON A 3 HOUR COURSE. WHEN BOOKING, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND BOTH TIME SLOTS…WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHICH ONE, ROUGHLY A WEEK IN ADVANCE (THIS SLIGHTLY UNORTHODOX SYSTEM IS BECAUSE WE ARE HAVING TO ADJUST TO SMALLER GROUPS, MORE CANCELLATIONS ETC).
PLEASE BE AWARE, UNDER COVID19 SAFETY GUIDELINES, WE WILL NOT BE OFFERING ANY TASTERS OR SAMPLES OF PRE-MADE FORAGED FOOD & DRINKS, ALTHOUGH, WE WILL STILL BE SAMPLING EDIBLE WILD PLANTS AS WE WALK.
A WILD FOOD WALK AND A BUSHCRAFT LESSON COMBINED.
A foraging experience exploring the edible delights of one of South East London’s most interesting wild areas, followed by an introductory bushcraft lesson looking at one of the basic essentials of survival, in this case shelter. The event will be led by Forage London teacher and qualified bushcraft instructor, James Grant, and will last for about 4 hours, involving safely picking and eating various leaves, berries etc as we go along with various new foods and drinks to try (made from different wild ingredients we’ve previously picked, cooked, fermented, pickled etc), learning to identify plenty of edible plants and discussion touching on numerous topics including, nutrition, medicine, herbalism, botany, cookery, horticulture and history.
Bushcraft Shelter (tarps and tarp knots).
Shelter is of key importance when spending time in the outdoors at any time of year and in any environment. In the hotter months you may need it to provide shade and in the winter as protection from wind and rain so using a tarp is an excellent choice of affordable lightweight and versatile shelter to use all year round. For the last hour of this extended walk you will learn to site the correct location and how to set up a tarp effectively using three invaluable knots; The Evenk Hitch, Taut Tarp Hitch and Taut Guy Hitch.
James was born in the London suburb of Roehampton and moved to the countryside of East Surrey at the age of four. From the age of six he was out picking blackberries and sloes from the local footpaths and fields with his great grandmother. The family moved to a new house when James was seven. Not long after moving, James took a walk with his father across the field behind their house and they discovered dozens of white mushrooms. With the guidance of his father they picked a few and identified them as field mushrooms, with the help of Richard Mabey’s book ‘Food for Free’. James’ father was not confident enough to go beyond the basics though and soon, fishing took over as James’ main outdoor nature based activity.
Still… an interest in wild food had been nurtured.
It wasn’t until in his late twenties that he became interested in the field of bushcraft and quickly identified foraging as the most important part of the field (after shelter, fire & water). An obsession with finding and identifying fungi soon followed. Inevitably, this lead to tree and plant identification and learning more about the natural resources around him whether it was food, poisonous, medicine, craft material, animal track & sign, navigation or just a wonder to behold.
James has now been seriously studying foraging for around 12 years and started leading walks for Forage London in September 2016. In 2017 he obtained the qualification ‘Level 4 Bushcraft Leader’ at John Rhyder’s Woodcraft School in Surrey. He is also a member of the British Mycological Society, Coracle Society and a founding member of the Association of Foragers.
As well as our advertised walks, James has also led privately booked Forage London walks for clients such as; Miller Harris, Wholefoods, Greenpeace, and Soho House.
If this event is fully booked and you’d like to go on the cancellations waiting list, please email me at email@example.com