5 foraging courses in London

Foraging is the best way to make the most out of nature – but only if you know what you’re doing. Rather than venturing out into the woods yourself, check out these London-friendly courses.

Forage London

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John Rensten organises wild food walks in London parks and nature reserves. All walks last about three hours, and involve safely picking and eating various leaves and berries, along with eating food and drink he’s made from wild ingredients Rensten has previously picked.

More info here.

Forage Wild Food

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Run by Jason Irving, the course introduces you to a wide range of edible wild plants, and teaches simple identification skills. Irving leads walks through public parks, rural areas and community gardens.

More info here.

Abundance London

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The Chiswick community project is run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. The group harvests season local fruit in parks, streets and the back gardens of local fruits – which the group says often goes unpicked.

More info here.

Urban Harvest UK

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Urban Harvest is a free, informal network in London for those interested in picking fruit and other local food. Although the group is based in North London, it offers workshops on foraging, dry fruit and infusing herbs – amongst other things.

More info here.

Gladwin Bros

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The sibling trio, owners of The Shed and Rabbit restaurants in Notting Hill and King’s Road respectively, often offer foraging courses. The brothers grew up on a farm in Nutbourne, which still provides much of their food for their restaurants.

More info here.

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