Cumbria, Acorn Bank Foraging Courses

AVAILABILITY & BOOKING



Available Dates Available Spaces Time Location
Friday 24th May 2024 Spaces: 10 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) National Trust, Acorn Bank Click here for details and to book
Sunday 9th Jun 2024 Spaces: 15 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) National Trust, Acorn Bank Click here for details and to book
Saturday 29th Jun 2024 Spaces: 15 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) National Trust, Acorn Bank Click here for details and to book
Wednesday 17th Jul 2024 Spaces: 15 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) National Trust, Acorn Bank Click here for details and to book
Sunday 11th Aug 2024 Spaces: 15 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) National Trust, Acorn Bank Click here for details and to book


ABOUT THE COURSE

Acorn Bank is a beautiful old estate, now owned by the National Trust. It is renowned for its historic house, dating back to the 16th century and for its magnificent walled gardens, including a fascinating culinary and medicinal herb garden, lily pond, herbaceous borders and traditional fruit orchards.

The estate reaches out into tranquil parkland, with mature trees, open pastureland, woodlands and the Crowdundle Beck, with its partially restored watermill. There are also marvellous views over the Eden Valley across to the Lake District. With this variety of habitat, we hope to find a really good selection of plants and some early fungi..

Acorn Bank can be found at Temple Sowerby, just a few miles east of Penrith and situated between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty. It is within reach of Leeds, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Carlisle.

Our Foraging Courses begin with a short introduction to Wild Food UK, what to expect from your day and a brief summary of the general countryside codes, including our Foraging Code.

Heading off at a leisurely pace around the grounds, your instructor will teach you how to safely identify the different species of edible and poisonous plants and mushrooms that you discover. This exploration will take about 2.5hrs, during which we’ll take a break for a homemade refreshment, such as our warming Hogweed & Wild Garlic Soup or Elderflower Champagne!

After the walk we will end the day with a tasty wild food meal. This will include a selection of foraged homemade treats created by your instructor, and a dish made with what we have collected during the walk.

All of our food is seasonal, so what you are served depends on what is growing at that time of year. In Spring we will be making use of the fresh wild greens and in Autumn, the array of tasty wild mushrooms that the area has to offer.

You will receive a comprehensive set of Wild Food UK ‘Course Notes’ a few days after your course. This email will contain links and articles relating to the plants and mushrooms we discovered or discussed during the day.







COURSE LOCATION

National Trust
Acorn Bank
Temple Sowerby
Near Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1SP



WHERE TO MEET

We will meet at the Acorn Bank, National Trust car park at 11 am.
Please note that there is a donation box for parking. NT members are entitled to free parking.

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