Hedgerow Forage Saturday 04 May 2024 (West Lothian)


Just past the Spring Equinox and everything is waking from its winter slumber! Learn to forage with wild food expert, Matthew Rooney (bio below). Discover delicious wild vegetables and edible trees. Find out how to identify common plants, learn about their use as wild foods, in drinks and crafts, and sample their unusual tastes. This is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour foraging walk, with a further 1/2 to 1 hour labelling specimens and examining the identification table at the end. Small group with expert tuition. Covers identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, health benefits and folklore.

Meeting from 08:45 for a 09:00 start. Course finishes around 13:00.
Venue: West Lothian. Directions will be sent after booking. 
Maximum group size is 12. Gift vouchers for walks with Monica Wilde will be honoured on this course.
Please note: this course is not suitable for dogs to accompany their owners.

We will be outdoors and able to keep a distance from each other to avoid Covid-19 transmission. However, please bring a mask in case there are times when 2 metres cannot be observed. Please do not come if you have symptoms of Covid or have been in contact with an infected or quarantining person. If the walk has to be cancelled due to government lockdown restrictions, you will be able to transfer this ticket to a future walk or get a refund. Please read the small print!

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This course will be taught by Matt Rooney.

Matthew has also taught groups about identification techniques of plants and fungi and foraging for wild edible species for many years. He sees the current interest in wild food species as an opportunity to ignite a deeper interest in plants, fungi and our natural environment. He is a Member of the Association of Foragers and a Member of the British Mycological Society. 

Matthew Rooney

Professionally, Matthew is a botanical surveyor and ecological consultant with a specialism in fungi. He qualified as an ecologist with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Ecology from the University of Ulster, then worked as a botanical surveyor specialising in freshwater ecology in Scotland, then coastal and inland waterways. He also spent 25 years developing expertise in cultivating, cloning and propagating native wild mushrooms. Matthew’s interest in plants, ecology and fungi merged in the field of mycoremeditation. Matthew also runs courses on growing and propagating mushrooms – both native, wild species and commercial, indoor varieties.

If you need to cancel after purchase please read the small print.

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