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Herbal Medicine, Consulting Medical Herbalist, Jesper Launder BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH

www.jesperlaunder.com | info@jesperlaunder.com

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Events

This events listing is updated through the year. For bookings or enquiries please contact Jesper.

Testimonials

“My partner Sir Cameron Mackintosh has, for many years, foraged for mushrooms in our local woods and I, for many years, have been terrified that he is going to pick something lethal! Having read about Jesper’s private foraging walks I thought it was a perfect opportunity to put my mind at rest and to learn more about wild food. I have to say that our day with Jesper was more interesting and enjoyable than we could possibly have imagined. He is extremely knowledgeable and wonderfully enthusiastic with that knowledge not only of the mushrooms we found but all sorts of other wild plants and their uses both culinary and medicinal.

At the end of the day we had a great selection of mushrooms - many more in fact than Cameron had thought edible in the past - and also examples of the deadly ones to avoid.

I couldn't recommend a day foraging with Jesper more highly.”

Michael Le Poer Trench, 2009

“4 pages wouldn’t be enough space to detail what I’ve learned from these short hours. Main thing I’m taking away is inspiring enthusiasm for something I’ve had a passion for a very long time. Jesper is a brilliantly engaging teacher – very humble & approachable with a great depth of knowledge, which is staggering – learned so much and very inspired”

Amy Downing, 2012

“I thought you would be pleased to know that myself and the children had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational time this afternoon. Your enthusiasm and knowledge about the subject really brought the afternoon alive for all of us. I do hope we will be able to join you again. Thanks so much.”

Emma Henney, 2011

“It was brilliant - good fun, good people and very interesting. It was great to have Jesper with us as he is just so knowledgeable. Noelene even used the left over bits to make a stock and then cooked a risotto with it -delicious!”

John Gillatt, 2011

“The mushroom forage was great by the way. It was well worth the money. I really felt that I got a lot from it, and Jesper was very good, very knowledgeable, put it across simply, professional but with good humor, which is just how it should be!”

Col Unsworth, 2011

”Loved the medicinal info, cooking tips and the identification and tasting of plants! Really informative, great introduction to foraging”

Zophie Begolo, 2011

“We really enjoyed this session – Jesper was incredibly friendly and informative, and his passion is really contagious – many thanks”

Christina Delgado, 2011

Sat 23rd August 2014 Summer Mushroom Day in Delamere Forest 10am-2pm

Delamere Forest is one of the most enjoyable mushroom hunting sites in the North-West for its rich variety of woodland, supporting an equally rich collection of intriguing and delectable edible mushrooms. Summer is an unpredictable season for mushrooms, but it I also the time of year when many of the very finest species can be located. Delamere has a wide mixture of habitats making it ideal for both dry and wet weather foraging. This forage kicks off early to give us the best chance of finding specimens in prime condition, and following the hunt we should have time to swing back to the car park to sample quite how good they taste. Please note: Limited spaces are available for this event. Advanced booking is essential.

Meeting outside the main Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £14.00 adults, £7 children

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sun 24th-Mon 25th Aug 2014 Laya Point Mushrooms Foraging Weekend

Discover, identify, prepare and preserve wild mushrooms over two enthralling days of foraging in the Lake District.  Medical herbalist, Jesper Launder, will give you the keys to identifying edible, medicinal, poisonous, psycho-active and bio-remedial mushrooms. This two day retreat is a perfect combination of walking and exploring the autumnal forests of the Duddon Valley whilst being expertly guided through the diverse functions of the fungi kingdom.  Mushroom foraging is one of the great joys of Autumn for young and old!  This is an ideal experience to gain confidence with mushrooms in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Laya Point is an exciting permaculture project set in the beautiful surrounds of Ulpha in the Lakes. For more information visit www.layapoint.com

Cost £60 for 1 day, £120 for both days. Price includes an organic wholefood lunch. Accommodation is not included but can be arranged for very reasonable rates. For more details and bookings see www.layapoint.com/courses/mushroom-foraging-weekend/

Wed 27th August 2014 Deep Summer Foraging at Chorlton water Park with Cracking Good Food

By late August berry season will be fully upon us and with some luck the hedgerows may even yield some nuts. Think sloes, elderberries, blackberries, wild raspberries and you’re pretty much on track for some of the day’s finds. For those who are interested, Jesper will be able to tell you how to make sloe gin and may even bring some samples that he’s made himself for you to try. But there will inevitably be much much more to find if previous searches around Chorlton Water Park are anything to go by. As is the way in summer, if it’s been wet expect wild mushrooms to feature in our hunting and our dishes.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sat 6th Sept 2014 Redisher Woods Mushroom Forage 12-4pm

This mushroom hunt into Redisher Woods (near Ramsbottom) is a great opportunity to see some of our fascinating native fungi and learn how to identify some of the very best edible species, as well as how to differentiate from the deadlier varieties! Early Autumn is the perfect time to find these hidden wonders and you can expect to see a startling array of shapes and colours as well as learn about the remarkable medicinal properties of many of the most common species. 

The walk starts at 12pm, meeting outside the Hare and Hounds pub in Holcombe Brooke (BL0 9RY). The walk will be capped off with some wild mushroom cooking at the pub and the event will wrap up around 4pm.

Cost is £14 for adults and £7 per child

Bookings, which are essential, can be made via Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sun 7th Sept 2014 Private Event with Manchester Bushcraft Group

Fri 12th-Sun 14th Sept 2014 Alston Hall Mushroom Foraging Weekend

This weekend course will inspire learners with the thrill of foraging for wild edible and medicinal mushrooms! Collecting fungi from the woods and fields of Alston Hall and the surrounding area will be followed by learning to differentiate edible from inedible or poisonous species. At the end of each day’s hunting we will have a chance to cook up our edible finds.

This residential weekend course costs £237.00 and includes full board. The course starts with a brief classroom introduction following our evening meal on the Friday.

Bookings can be made via Alston Hall on 01772 784661 or by e-mail at alstonhall.general2@lancashire.gov.uk quoting course reference: 4SCJ7680X

Wed 17th Sept 2014 Early Season Mushroom Forage with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

This evening foray is an ideal opportunity to learn how to identify some of the tastiest early autumn mushrooms. Jesper will lead you through the Chorlton Ees, which has an interesting mix of habitats. And even if we’re having an Indian summer, there are locations which will still come up trumps. The walk will last a couple of hours and we’ll have a chance to sample some of our best finds at the end.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sat 20th Sept 2014 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Edible Mushroom Hunt 12-3pm

This is a popular walk held in the open parkland of Didsbury and the Mersey Basin. Learn how to identify the good edible species and how to avoid the woodlands deadliest mushrooms! All good edible finds will be cooked up at the end for a distinct and delicious taste experience. The walk will last up to three hours. The terrain is gentle going and suitable for most ages. Meeting at the Wilmslow Road entrance to Fletcher Moss Park for a midday start. Bookings are essential.

Cost: Adults £14.00, Children £7.00

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sun 21st Sept 2014 Ness Gardens Edible Mushroom Hunting Day 9.30am-4.30pm

Ness Gardens on the Wirral is renowned for its dazzling displays of horticultural plants specimens and is a truly beautiful location. However, for this event, the agenda is fungi, particularly of the edible kind. The grounds of Ness are rich with mature trees, grassland and managed floral beds – a surprisingly rich habitat for finding fungi – so expect to find a wide array of poisonous, edible, and even incredible medicinal mushrooms. Last year’s foray found in excess of thirty excellent edible species! This popular course will introduce some helpful theory and key pointers for aiding correct identification of mushrooms, before we head out for some serious foraging. There will be more of the same after lunch before we finally head back to class to assess our finds and enjoy the delights of freshly harvested wild mushrooms cooked in a variety of ways.

Cost: £45 (includes buffet lunch and all hand-outs). The event runs from 9.30am – 4.30pm

Bookings may be made via Ness on 0151 353 0123 (please note a deposit is payable in advance to secure your place)

Wed 24th Sept 2014 Forest of Dean Mushroom Foraging Experience

This event is the perfect opportunity to experience an intense day of foraging in one of the UK's richest habitats for fungi. Foraging will take place over three different locations and will fill the best part of the day. Previous year’s events have yielded over a hundred different species including a total of 38 edible varieties, many which are highly sought-after. The list included large numbers of Cep or Penny Bun, Parasol Mushrooms, Cauliflower Fungus, Beefsteak Fungus, Charcoal Burners, Blushers, Saffron Milk Caps, and many, many, more.

Please note: there are limited spaces for this event, making it an ideal learning ground for those keen to explore the fascinating world of fungi. Early booking is recommended.

Food is NOT provided so do bring plenty of food and drink with you for maintaining energy levels. Mushroom hunting can be tiring work. A (large!) basket is also to be considered essential equipment. Further details available on booking.

Cost £50 adults. Please note, a deposit is required to secure your place.

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sat 27th Sept 2014 Chorlton Food & Drink Festival Edible Mushroom Hunt 12-3pm

Take part in a fun group foray for wild edible mushrooms through Chorlton Ees as part of the Chorlton Food & Drink Festival. We wrap the walk up with an outdoor cooking experience to sample our edible finds. Due to popular demand there are two dates for this walk. Booking is essential for this event. The walk will last up to 3 hours. The terrain is gentle going and suitable for most ages. Meeting opposite the Bowling Green Pub for midday

Cost: Adults £14.00, Children £7.00

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sun 28th Sept 2014 Fungi Foray at Heysham Nature Reserve with Lancashire Wildlife Trust

This event is organised by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Details to follow.

Sat 4th Oct 2014 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Edible Mushroom Hunt 12-3pm

This is a popular walk held in the open parkland of Didsbury and the Mersey Basin. Learn how to identify the good edible species and how to avoid the woodlands deadliest mushrooms! All good edible finds will be cooked up at the end for a distinct and delicious taste experience. The walk will last up to three hours. The terrain is gentle going and suitable for most ages. Meeting at the Wilmslow Road entrance to Fletcher Moss Park for a midday start. Bookings are essential.

Cost: Adults £14.00, Children £7.00

Sunday 5th Oct 2014 Mushroom Hunting Morning at Delamere Forest 10am-1pm

Delamere Forest is one of the most enjoyable mushroom hunting sites in the North-West for its rich variety of woodland, supporting an equally rich collection of intriguing and delectable edible mushrooms. This forage kicks off early to give us the best chance of finding specimens in prime condition, and following the hunt we should have time to swing back to the car park to sample quite how good they taste. Advanced booking is essential. Meeting outside the main Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £14.00 adults £7.00 children

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Fri 10th Oct 2014 Sherwood Forest Mushroom Foraging Experience

The agenda on today’s full day forage is to explore the world of mushrooms and fungi in one of the country’s most renowned woodlands. The day will entail exploring three sites with a view to finding and identifying an array of edible, medicinal and poisonous species, with everyone having the chance to take home a selection of their own edible finds.

Please note: there are limited spaces for this event, making it an ideal learning ground for those keen to explore the fascinating world of fungi. Early booking is recommended.

Food is NOT provided so do bring plenty of food and drink with you for maintaining energy levels. Mushroom hunting can be tiring work. A (large!) basket is also to be considered essential equipment. Further details available on booking.

Cost £50 adults. Please note: a deposit is required to secure your place.

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sat 11th Oct 2014 Chorlton Edible Mushroom Hunt 12-3pm

Take part in a fun group foray for wild edible mushrooms through Chorlton Ees. We wrap the walk up with an outdoor cooking experience to sample our edible finds. Spaces are limited for this popular walk and booking is essential. The walk will last up to 3 hours. The terrain is gentle going and suitable for most ages. Meeting opposite the Bowling Green Pub for midday

Cost: Adults £14.00, Children £7.00

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sun 12th October Grizedale Forest Mushroom Foray 11am-3pm

This event is ideally suited for families. This Large Forestry Commission site in the Lake District is home to a spectacular array of exciting wild mushrooms, due in part to the interesting mix of pine and hardwood tree species on the site along with stretches of unfertilised pastureland. The pace of this event will be gentle, and although the foraging part may last as long as three hours, there will be time for us to pause and fuel up on food and drinks. We will return to the main site to recap on our finds and get stuck into some delicious cooked mushrooms from our foray.

Cost: Adults £14.00 Children £7.00

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Fri 24th Oct 2014 Private Event with Home Schooling Network

Sat 18th Oct 2014 Private Event

Sun 19th October Goyt Valley Mushroom Forage with Schola Foris 10am-4pm

This full day Fungi Forage will be held at an undisclosed site in the Goyt Valley, in between Cheshire and Derbyshire (one of the car parks, we will let you know by email closer to the time), where there is an amazing array of wild fungi to search for, discover, uncover and learn about. As well as learning about mushrooms we will be teaching you varying techniques for identifying mushrooms safely, how to pick and process mushrooms for medicine, art and food. At the end of this session we will cook up something special and we can all share the days collection and fruits through our taste buds. This may be a risotto, some peculiar mushroom sweets or mushroom tea – or all of them!!

Enquiries may be made to James Wood on 07999992615. Bookings for this event can be made via www.scholaforis.co.uk/ai1ec_event/wild-fungi-forage/?instance_id=54# Cost £30 adults £15 children

Sat 25th Oct 2014 Medicinal Mushrooms - Identification Skills and Medicine Making

The location for this one-day event, the Forest of Dean, is one of the richest locations for fungi in England. A large number of the Polyporaceae family can be found, including the medicinal Coriolus, Grifola (Maitake), Ganoderma spp, and Piptoporus, amongst others. A large array of additional species of medicinal interest are likely to be encountered. Differentiation between the important medicinal species and other inert or poisonous varieties is of great importance. The morning session will be spent in the field and will place emphasis not only on habitat and foraging skills, but on robust identification methods. The afternoon will offer space to recap upon identification when we can compare and contrast our different finds. The main focus, however, will be upon preparation techniques. Dehydration methods for each species will be highlighted as well as hot water and ethanolic preparations, and where either method is best suited. The day will include some pharmacology and materia medica for the species found. 

This event is run in association with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) Postgraduate Training Scheme. The cost for the event is £75 for the public. Discounts are available for NIMH members and students.

Bookings and enquiries may be made via NIMH on 01392 426022

Sat 1st Nov 2014 Mushroom Hunting Morning at Delamere Forest near Chester

Delamere Forest is one of the most enjoyable mushroom hunting sites in the North-West for its rich variety of woodland, supporting an equally rich collection of intriguing and delectable edible mushrooms. This forage kicks off early to give us the best chance of finding specimens in prime condition, and following the hunt we should have time to swing back to the car park to sample quite how good they taste. Advanced booking is essential. Meeting outside the main Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £14.00 adults, £7.00 children

Bookings, which are essential, can be made with Jesper on 07900544826 or by e-mail at info@jesperlaunder.com

Sat 8th Nov 2014 Late Season Foraging with Cracking Good Food 11am-2pm

Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury is a great place to forage for wild foods all year round, and while November isn’t usually thought of as a time for rich pickings, we can expect to find a variety of decent late season mushrooms, sloes (great for making sloe gin in time for Christmas!) and a mixture of other incredible edible goodies. We will spend a couple of hours foraging before wrapping up with some wild food cooking and tasting.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sun 30th Nov 2014 Winter Wild Food Forage with Cracking Good Food 11am-2pm

You’d be forgiven for expecting to find nothing on a forage in late November, but while it may not be the easiest hunting, there are some excellent and easy-to-identify wintertime wild foods still peeping through, from leafy greens to fruits and nuts, and possibly even fungi.

This walk is a great excuse to get outdoors on a cold winter’s day – but hardy foragers need to be prepared to brace the bitterness and come wrapped up warm!

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Information For All Walks

Mushroom hunting in the rain is surprisingly fun but please do bear weather conditions in mind and bring suitable attire. The walks tend to last about three hours so it is worth bringing a snack and drink to keep fuel levels up. You may also wish to bring a camera along to record the finds of the day.

If you are interested in booking Jesper for a private walk or to give a talk please enquire here.