Hampshire, South Downs Foraging Courses

AVAILABILITY & BOOKING



Available Dates Available Spaces Time
Saturday 24th Aug 2019 Spaces: 0 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Click here for details and to book
Sunday 22nd Sep 2019 Spaces: 6 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Click here for details and to book
Wednesday 2nd Oct 2019 Spaces: 14 11:00am to 14:30pm (Approx End) Click here for details and to book
Sunday 13th Oct 2019 Spaces: 1 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Click here for details and to book


ABOUT THE COURSE

Queen Elizabeth Country Park is situated just north of Waterlooville. With the A272 to the North and the A27 to the South, it is within easy reach from Portsmouth, Winchester, Chichester, Fareham and Eastleigh.

This impressive 1,400 acre Country Park sits in the midst of the South Downs and includes a mixture of open grassland, dramatic downland and vast woodlands. This provides a diverse habitat for a wide range of wild plants and mushrooms to flourish throughout the year. Opened by The Queen in 1976, the park was once called Buriton Forest and hosts the highest point on the South Downs National Park at Butser Hill.

We will meet in the car park outside the visitor centre. The course starts there with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers. Tea or coffee is available from the cafe.

Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the park, teaching you how to identify the different plants, flowers, fruits and mushrooms that we find.

We will stop along the way for some seasonal homemade refreshments such as our lovely hogweed and wild garlic soup, elderflower champagne or fruit leathers.

After the walk we will end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found. All of our food is seasonal so what we make depends on recent weather and what is around at that time of year. In spring we will be making use of the wild garlic and in autumn the array of tasty wild mushrooms that the park has to offer.

After the course we will email you a list of everything we talk about on the day; to help you remember what you have learnt.





COURSE LOCATION

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre
South Downs Way
Waterlooville
PO8 0QE



WHERE TO MEET

We will be meeting in the visitor centre car park.