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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

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

Christina Delgado, 2011

“I've just spent an amazing weekend foraging for mushrooms near Longridge in Lancashire with Jesper and a small group of wild food searchers. It was great fun wandering around the local country park and wooded valleys and I can't believe the number of different varieties we found in quite small areas, and in places that I've walked for years without realising all the treasures that were there.

Jesper was really inspiring with his passion for fungi and his incredible knowledge of their uses and medicinal properties. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and I would highly recommend a walk with Jesper to anyone who loves the countryside.”

June Parker, 2014

“Jesper, thank you so much for an amazing foray yesterday in the Forest of Dean. An unforgettable day, packed with loads of useful information not just about edible mushrooms but also about some medicinal ones. I learned much and enjoyed every minute of it. Please come down here more often!! I'll help spreading the word.”

Gabriella Burgess, 2014

“We just did the wild brewing course which included lots of beer and wine tasting too as well as a forage. It was a truly awesome day x”

Emma Baylin, 2015

“A great day. Really informative, and really good fun (thanks Jesper).”

Clare Meacham, 2015

“Our son gave us a gift of this wild wine making course and it was brilliant. What a great fun way to learn about making wine from the wild storehouse of ingredients. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and gained so much from the afternoon. Jesper is passionate about nature and what it can provide. His enthusiasm is contagious and has really restarted our interest in wine making. Thank you.”

Peter and Carolyn Bateman, 2016

Sun 31st Jan 2016 Wintertime Wild Food Forage at Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury 11am-3pm

There is something deeply satisfying about braving winter conditions to attend the (apparently) fruitless task of seeking out potentially edible foods at this time of year. And most of the time you can be sure you won’t be coming home with a laden basket of goodies. But whilst the volume may be more limited than other times of year, the variety and quality of food on display is hearteningly rich. We will expect to find a mixture of roots, leaves and fungi, of both edible and medicinal varieties. The walk will be wrapped up with a sampling session of our finds along with some warming (read: alcoholic!) wild wines, to keep the chills at bay.

This walk is held in Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury, Manchester. The meeting point is the park entrance on Wilmslow Road (tennis courts are visible in the background).

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings, which are essential are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deep-wintertime-wild-food-forage-tickets-19838346027

Sat 14th Feb 2016 Mid-winter Forage with Cracking Good Food in Fletcher Moss Park 11am-2pm

You’d be forgiven for expecting to find nothing on a forage in beginning of February, 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

Sun 28th Feb 2016 Deep Wintertime Wild Food Forage in Sale Water Park 11am-3pm

There is something deeply satisfying about braving winter conditions to attend the (apparently) fruitless task of seeking out potentially edible foods at this time of year. And most of the time you can be sure you won’t be coming home with a laden basket of goodies. But whilst the volume may be more limited than other times of year, the variety and quality of food on display is hearteningly rich. We will expect to find a mixture of roots, leaves and fungi, of both edible and medicinal varieties. The walk will be wrapped up with a sampling session of our finds along with some warming (read: alcoholic!) wild wines, to keep the chills at bay.

This walk is held in Sale Water Park, Manchester. The meeting point is outside the Visitors Centre.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings, which are essential are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deep-wintertime-wild-food-forage-tickets-19838586747

Sun 6th Mar 2016 Early Spring Wild Food Foray in Fletcher Moss Park with Cracking Good Food 12-3pm

Early spring is the season for finding tender and delicious edible plants. Woods and hedgerows come to life with patches of fresh green growth and this walk is the perfect opportunity to decipher what can and can’t be eaten, and to learn how to differentiate the toxic from the delicious. With luck, some of Spring’s tastiest edible mushrooms will be on the agenda too. This walk will last up to 3 hours and will be followed by an al fresco cooking experience of our best finds.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sat 12th - Mon 14th Mar 2016 The Hebden Retreat

This is a long weekend residential retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Hebden Bridge.

‘This weekend is for brilliant women wishing to take their self-awareness to the next level. Take the time to step back, reflect and breathe. It’s time that you gave yourself the time.’

My good friend and amazing Life Coach, Beth Creedon, has created a gorgeous weekend to reconnect you to nature, restore the natural grace and power to your body, revitalise your body with raw food meals and hours of coaching to reconnect you to your path. Accommodation and fabulous food included.

As part of the weekend I will be leading a wild food foraging session on Mon 14th March. For more details about the event and for booking information see: http://bethcreedon.co.uk/hebden-retreat-2016/

Sun 19th Mar 2016 Riverbank Springtime Foraging Session in Chorlton 11am-3pm

This early spring forage introduces a delicious selection of our native edible plants, from tender leaves to tasty roots, and some wild mushrooms. The rich sandy soil on the banks of the river Mersey provides the perfect growing conditions for many of our finest edible wild greens. There will plenty of discussion about how to correctly identify the plants we see, and their poisonous lookalikes. At the end of the foray we will have a chance cook up some of our best finds for sampling.

Meeting in front of the Jackson’s Boat Pub in Chorlton for an 11am start. Bring a snack and a drink to keep energy levels up.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings, which are essential are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riverbank-springtime-foraging-session-tickets-19838674008

Sun 27th Mar 2016 Early Spring Wild Food Forage in Fletcher Moss Park 12 – 4pm

For this event Jesper will be leading a forage in Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury, searching for the first early edible shoots and leaves of spring, learning as we go how best to identify these delicious and nutritious foods. As part of the walk we will learn how to tap the rising sap in trees which will be at its height. Having made a collection of the best finds, we return to the start to leisurely discuss our bounty while Jesper cooks up some of his favourite wild food recipes for sampling. The walk will start at midday from the main park entrance on Wilmslow Road (tennis courts visible in the background). Consider bringing snacks and a drink, suitable attire, and a collecting basket or container for your finds.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings, which are essential are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-spring-wild-food-forage-tickets-19849050043

Sun 10th Apr 2016 Anglesey Coastal Foraging Day

This very special day event is a celebration of the diversity and rich reward of coastal foraging. Spaces for this event are limited and this will be a full day of foraging with a small intimate group. We will explore a range of habitats from estuary salt marsh, to shingle beach, to rocky shoreline; seeking a broad selection of edible coastal greens, seaweeds, and molluscs. Depending on the conditions on the day it may be possible to collect razor clams from the low tide mark. Conditions allowing, part of the day will be given over to shore fishing where the basic techniques will be explained to those with little or no experience.

This event will fill the best part of the day and is aimed at those with a passion for foraging. Although no aspects of the day will be especially strenuous, it will be a long and active day. Please bring along plenty of water and food to sustain energy levels.

Cost £80 per person. Limited spaces available.

Bookings, which are essential, must be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anglesey-coastal-foraging-day-tickets-19850348928

Wed 13th Apr 2016 Height of Spring Abundance Forage in Chorlton Water Park with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

Spring heralds the finest season for finding tender and delicious edible plants. Woods and hedgerows come to life with patches of fresh green growth and this walk is the perfect opportunity to decipher what can and can’t be eaten, and to learn how to differentiate the toxic from the delicious. With luck, some of Spring’s tastiest edible mushrooms will be on the agenda too. This walk will last up to 3 hours and will be followed by an al fresco cooking experience of our best finds.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sun 17th Apr 2016 Private Event

Sun 24th Apr 2016 Wild Food Day at Ness Gardens on the Wirral 9.30-4.30pm

This course is timed to meet the height of spring in all its glory, when the early green edible shoots are at their most tender, and the springtime mushrooms start to show themselves. This full day event will be a celebration of spring and all the wonderful wild foods that abound at this time of year. Expect to be dazzled by the array of fine eating to be had. The majority of the day will be spent in the glorious grounds of Ness, foraging and getting to know the edible wildlife on display. The tail end of the day will be dedicated to reviewing our finds and cooking up the very best wild foods for sampling.

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

Bookings can be made via Ness on 0151 795 6300 (please note a deposit is payable in advance to secure your place)

Sat 30th Apr 2016 Wild Wine, Beer and Cocktail tasting and Brewing 12pm

This Wild Wine, Beer and Cocktail session in association with the Foraged Book Project should prove to be a very exciting day. We will start the day by trying a couple of wines, going out to a local site to collect our wild plants and flavourings which we can add to our own initial wine and beer brewing back at the parlour (everyone will go home with their own 5 litres of wine starting to ferment and brew) - we will go on to taste a whole range of wild fermented wines, beers and cocktails. We tasted up to 25 different flavours at last years event.

Tickets £74.49 bookable via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-wine-beer-and-cocktail-tasting-and-brewing-tickets-18871735870

Sun 1st May 2016 Spring Wild Food Forage in Fletcher Moss Park 12-4pm

This seasonal food hunt explores the diverse habitats of Fletcher Moss Park seeking out some of the very best free wild foods to be found. From the delightfully sweet, onion tinged flavour of Three-Cornered Leek to the nostril-heating intensity of Large Bittercress, the walk will help to highlight why Wild Food is proving so popular amongst both those looking to re-connect with the land and with high-brow restaurant businesses. The walk will last approximately 3 hours and will be capped off with some wild food sampling. With any luck we should be able to gather some of the delicious springtime mushrooms that abound in this park when conditions are ripe.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10.00 children

Bookings, which are essential, must be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-wild-food-forage-in-fletcher-moss-park-tickets-20174733170

Sun 8th May 2016 Anglesey Coastal Foraging Day

Due to high demand for this event last year I have included a second opportunity to join this hugely enjoyable foraging event. Spaces are limited and this will be a full day of foraging with a small intimate group. We will explore a range of habitats from estuary salt marsh, to shingle beach, to rocky shoreline; seeking a broad selection of edible coastal greens, seaweeds, and molluscs. Depending on the conditions on the day it may be possible to collect razor clams from the low tide mark. Conditions allowing, part of the day will be given over to shore fishing where the basic techniques will be explained to those with little or no experience.

This event will fill the best part of the day and is aimed at those with a passion for foraging. Although no aspects of the day will be especially strenuous, it will be a long and active day. Please bring along plenty of water and food to sustain energy levels.

Cost £80 per person. Limited spaces available.

Bookings, which are essential, must be made via Jesper on 07900544826 or via
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anglesey-coastal-foraging-day-tickets-19855451189

Wed 11th May 2016 Mid-spring Wild Food Foray in Chorton Ees with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

Mid to late spring offers some of the broadest and most enjoyable wild food hunting of the year. Tender greens and shoots are still readily available along with the first flowering edibles, and an increasing number of edible mushrooms can be expected if the weather hasn’t been too dry. This is definitely a walk for bringing a collecting basket with you. We will harvest foods for preparing at the end of the walk, but you might want to consider making a personal collection for wild leaf and flower wine-making at home. Details of how to make a wide array of preparations will be discussed on the walk along with a handout at the end.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sun 15th May 2016 Alderley Edge Spring Wild Food Forage 11am-3pm

This seasonal food hunt explores the rich habitat of Alderley Edge in Cheshire, seeking out some of the very best free wild foods to be found. From young tender edible leaves, to a native super-food in the form of pine pollen, to a delicious mix of seasonal wild mushrooms, this walk is ideal for those looking to engage with the land in a fun and rewarding way. The walk will last approximately 3 hours and will be capped off with some wild food sampling.

Meeting outside the Wizard Café for an 11am start.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10.00 children

Bookings, which are essential, can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alderley-edge-spring-wild-food-forage-tickets-20101710758

Sun 22nd May Wild Food Day in Hebden Bridge with Cracking Good Food 11-3pm

Hebden Bridge is renowned for its beautiful countryside, interesting independent shops, eclectic mix of inhabitants, and much more. The town is intriguing and its surroundings are spectacular. This day event is a great chance to get to know the natural scenery of the area from a gastronomic perspective. An extensive walk/forage will take us through a wooded valley up to open meadow land high above Hebden Bridge. The mixture of habitats promise to yield a wide array of exciting and delicious springtime edibles, from spicy and tangy greens, to nourishing underground tubers, and with a little luck, some of the finest seasonal wild mushrooms. a collecting basket is well advised for this event. Following out forage we will return to the start of the walk where we will spend the remainder of the afternoon indoors, preparing and cooking up our edible finds in a variety of ways.

Cost £30 Adults, £15 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Wed 25th May 2016 Late Spring Forage in Fletcher Moss Park with Cracking Good Food 5.30 – 8.30pm

Late spring offers some of the broadest and most enjoyable wild food hunting of the year. Tender greens and shoots are still readily available along with the first flowering edibles, and an increasing number of edible mushrooms can be expected if the weather hasn’t been too dry. This is definitely a walk for bringing a collecting basket with you. We will harvest foods for preparing at the end of the walk, but you might want to consider making a personal collection for wild leaf and flower wine-making at home. Details of how to make a wide array of preparations will be discussed on the walk along with a handout at the end.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sun 29th May 2016 Coastal Forage on the Wirral 11am-3pm

This foraging session will involve exploring the saltmarshes and sand flats of the Dee estuary on the Wirral for a variety of interesting and highly edible coastal plants, and conditions allowing, a selection of estuary molluscs. This fun and informative foraging session is suitable for adults and children alike and should make for a fun group day out. The session will last four, or slightly more, hours so please bring food and drink to keep energy levels up. Outdoor footwear including wellies/waders is well advised. Details of the meeting place will be provided prior to the event.

Cost Adults £25, Children £12.50

Bookings, which are essential, must be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coastal-forage-on-the-wirral-tickets-20174960851

Sun 5th Jun 2016 Barden Bridge Food Foraging Experience 12pm- 4pm

Barden Bridge is at the north end of the Bolton Abbey estate (near Skipton). This foraging session will take us through a rich limestone habitat and along the course of the River Wharfe. By early summer the river banks will be awash with healthy green growth and a colourful splash of wild flowers. The array of interesting and delicious edibles to found in this site is startling. Edible leaves, shoots, stalks, flowers, buds, and underground tubers will feature. And if conditions are good we may also be gifted with wild mushrooms. For those intrepid foragers willing to risk a soaking by the river, there could well be crayfish on the menu. The non-native, invasive Signal Crayfish can be found fairly easily if the river level is not too high.

(Note: this session particularly suits groups as car parking spaces are usually limited)

Cost Adults £25, Children £12.50


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/barden-bridge-food-foraging-experience-tickets-20101642554

Sun 12th Jun 2016 Early Summer Forage in Delamere Forest 11am-3pm

Delamere forest is proving one of my favourite foraging sites in the North-west and this event has been created, rather indulgently, as an excuse to get more familiar with the early-summer terrain of the space. Expect a grand half-day of foraging all things edible (within reason!) including leaves and flowers and fungi. Spaces will be limited for this event so expect a relaxed and sociable pace to the foraging. As ever, we will head back to the Visitors Centre for a tasty sample of our finds at the end of the walk. Meeting for an 11am start outside the café next to the old Visitors Centre.

Cost: £20.00 Adults £10.00 Children

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-summer-forage-in-delamere-forest-tickets-21006999501

Wed 22nd June 2016 Mid-summer Flower Special in Chorlton Ees with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

This event coincides with the flowering season of many of our native plants, including the magical Elder. This session is to learn about and celebrate the many food and medicinal uses of flowering plants, and will include other bounty such as fungi, leaves and roots. After a hearty two hour forage, we will set up an outdoor cooking space to sample the ‘flowers’ of our labour, including wild flower fritters and elderflower cordial.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sat 25th Jun 2016 Herb Day at Ness Gardens on the Wirral 9.30am-4.30pm

This course gives insights into many herbal applications of both native and non-native species, and offering practical techniques for making the most of garden herbs. A brief classroom introduction is followed by an extensive herb identification walk, where you will collect a small sample of medicinal plants followed by lunch. The afternoon includes a further short walk followed by a session making a variety of herbal preparations in class, including tinctures, syrups and ointments. This is a popular course and spaces are limited so early booking is advised.

£45.00 per person (includes, lunch, course and admission)

Bookings are made via Ness on 0151 795 6300 (Please note: a deposit is payable in advance to secure your place)

Sat 2nd July 2016 Summertime ‘From-the-Wild’ Wine-Making Course in Chorlton 12pm-5.30pm

This fun course is focussed on the very pleasurable activity of producing home-made wines and liqueurs from wild foraged materials. The summertime version of this event places us at the ideal time of year for harvesting a variety of excellent plant materials for basing our wild wines upon, and we will kick the session off with a hearty forage to find the plants of our choice. The course is an opportunity to learn about the processes involved, largely focusing on uncomplicated and simple techniques for making reliable wines you can make and enjoy throughout the foraging year. Everyone attending will prepare a gallon of wine of their choice on the day (note: you may be waiting anything from 6-12 months for this wine to be ready for drinking!) The cost of the event includes wine-making materials essential for the job, including a wine bucket, demijohn, and airlock, as well as a collection of tried and tested recipes. No wine-making session would be complete without a gratuitous amount of wine-tasting, so it is highly advised that you leave the car keys at home and find a safer means of transport!

Cost £75 per person. Over 18’s only! Limited availability

This event will be held in Chorlton, Manchester. Details will be provided on booking.

Bookings must be made via
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summertime-from-the-wild-wine-making-course-in-chorlton-tickets-20175426243

Sun 10th July 2016 Alderley Edge Trees and Flowers – A Herbal Medicine Walk 11am-3pm

This walk is an opportunity to learn about a large number of our native trees and herbs commonly found in parkland settings in terms of their historical uses, medicinal applications and culinary potential. Early July sees many of our medicinal tress at the height of their power, and flowering medicinal herbs into full bloom. Alderley Edge is a location rich and diverse in habitat and flora. Expect to see a startling array of medicinal plants, trees and fungi as well as soak up some beautiful landscape.

Cost: Adults £20, Children £10

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alderley-edge-trees-and-flowers-a-herbal-medicine-walk-tickets-21007826976

Sat 16th July 2016 Coastal Foraging Experience on Walney 12-4pm

For this summer foraging session we will be exploring the beautiful and little-trod terrain of Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness. This time of the year makes for joyous seaside foraging with an abundance of exciting plants and seaweeds to be found. We will cover a range of habitats on out foraging walk which will include salt marsh and beach front, and expect to find a selection of fine edible seaweeds as well as delicious plants including marsh samphire and sea purslane. Last year’s session offered unbelievably rich and varied harvest and was hugely enjoyable.

This fun and informative foraging session is suitable for adults and children alike and should make for a fun group day out. The session will last four, or slightly more, hours so please bring food and drink to keep energy levels up. Outdoor footwear including wellies/waders is well advised. Details of the meeting place will be provided on booking.

Cost: Adults £25, Children £12

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coastal-foraging-experience-on-walney-island-tickets-21008694571

Thu 28th July-Mon 1st Aug Home Education Foragers (HEFers) Coastal

Sun 14th Aug 2016 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. Meeting outside the café next to the old Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10 children

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-mushroom-day-in-delamere-forest-tickets-21008888150

Sun 21st Aug 2016 Summer Mushroom Foray at Coniston in the Lake District

This fun event is ideally suited for families and budding foragers. The damp, mossy woodlands surrounding Lake Coniston, typical of the southern Lakes, provide the ideal conditions for finding edible wild mushrooms even under the (potentially!) drier weather of summer. A healthy variety of birch, oak, beech and pines, as well as some open meadowland, makes for an astonishing variety of fungi when conditions are perfect. 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 starting point to recap on our finds and get stuck into some delicious cooked mushrooms from our foray. Details of our meeting point will be provided closer to the time.

Cost: Adults £20 Children £10.00

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-mushroom-foray-at-coniston-tickets-21222582315

Sat 27th-Sun 28th Aug 2016 Wild Food Weekend with Laya Point Permaculture

This two-day event will focus on some of the richest and most rewarding native wild foods to be found, in some of the Lake District's most stunning locations. Day one is all about mushrooms. Be they medicinal, edible, psychoactive, poisonous, for paper-making, or for dyes; the day is aimed at immersing ourselves into the world of mushrooms, learning about their diverse shapes and forms as well as uses. How to recognise the key identification features, where to locate them, and how to best prepare them for use. Day two sees us head to the coast with edible and medicinal plants being the main focus. From shingle-hugging species, to dune specialists, then on to the salt-loving species of coastal marshlands, we will encounter a dazzling array of beautiful and specialised plants with again, a diversity of uses. This two day celebration of the richness of our native biodiversity will be taught by Jesper Launder, a passionate mycologist and herbalist, who has more than three decades of knowledge on all things edible and medicinal in the plant and fungi kingdoms.

Cost: £60 one day, £120 two days

For information and bookings contact Laya Point on Tel: 01229 716154 or check www.layapoint.com/courses

Wed 31st Aug 2016 Summer Wild Food with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

This evening foray is an ideal opportunity to learn how to correctly identify some of the tastiest early autumn mushrooms and other autumnal wild foods. Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury has an interesting mix of habitats so even if conditions have been on the dry side, there are locations which will still come up trumps. The walk will last a couple of hours then we’ll cook up our finds at the end so everyone will have a chance to sample some of Nature’s best fungal offerings.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Sun 4th Sept 2016 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 £20 for adults and £10 per child

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redisher-woods-mushroom-forage-tickets-20104398798

Sun 11th Sept 2016 Delamere Autumnal Mushroom Hunt 11-3pm

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 start to sample quite how good they taste. Meeting outside the café next to the old Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10.00 children

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/delamere-autumnal-fungi-foray-tickets-21008968390

Sun 18th Sept 2016 Fletcher Moss Park Edible Mushroom Hunt 12-4pm

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.

Cost is £20 for adults and £10 per child

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fletcher-moss-park-edible-mushroom-hunt-tickets-21017916153

Sun 25th Sept 2016 Redisher Woods Mushroom Forage 12-4pm

Due to the popularity of this event (and my love for the location!) I have included a second opportunity to join in the fun this year.

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 £20 for adults and £10 per child

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redisher-woods-mushroom-forage-tickets-21020742607

Wed 28th Sept 2016 Chorton Ees Fungi Foray with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

This evening foray is an ideal opportunity to learn how to correctly identify some of the tastiest early autumn mushrooms. Chorlton Ees has an interesting mix of habitats so 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 then we’ll cook up our finds at the end so everyone will have a chance to sample some of Nature’s best fungal offerings.

Cost £20 Adults, £10 Children

Bookings are made online via www.crackinggoodfood.org

Fri 30th Sept 2016 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 two 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. Further details available on booking.

Cost: £60 adults

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sherwood-forest-mushroom-foraging-experience-tickets-20104099904

Fri 30th Sept – Mon 3rd Oct 2016 The Hebden Retreat

This is a long weekend residential retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Hebden Bridge.

“This weekend is for brilliant women wishing to take their self-awareness to the next level. Take the time to step back, reflect and breathe. It’s time that you gave yourself the time.”

My good friend and amazing Life Coach, Beth Creedon, has created a gorgeous weekend to reconnect you to nature, restore the natural grace and power to your body, revitalise your body with raw food meals and hours of coaching to reconnect you to your path. Accommodation and fabulous food included.

As part of the weekend I will be leading a wild mushroom foraging session on Sat 1st October. For more details about the event and for booking information see: http://bethcreedon.co.uk/hebden-retreat-2016/

Sun 2nd Oct 2016 Wild Mushroom Day at Ness 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 795 6300 (please note a deposit is payable in advance to secure your place)

Sun 4th Oct 2015 Wild Mushroom Day at Ness          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)

Sun 9th Oct 2016 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 rich 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 £20 Children £10.00

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grizedale-forest-mushroom-foray-tickets-21020827862

Wed 12th Oct 2016 Forest of Dean Mushroom Foraging Experience

This special 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: £60 adults.

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forest-of-dean-mushroom-foraging-experience-tickets-21021103687

Sat 15th October 2016 Goyt Valley Mushroom Forage with the Foraged Book Project

This 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!!

Bookings and enquiries via http://www.theforagedbookproject.co.uk or James Wood on 07999992615.

Sun 23rd Oct 2016 Private Event

Sun 30th Oct 2016 Chorlton Edible Mushroom Hunt 11am-3pm

Take part in a fun group foray for wild edible mushrooms through Chorlton Ees. Previous hunts in the Ees have conjured up such wild treats as the Parasol and Shaggy Parasol mushrooms, the mighty almond-tasting Prince mushroom, the Fried Chicken Mushroom, Shaggy Ink Caps and more. At the end of the walk we will have the chance to cook and taste a selection of our wild food finds.

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 an 11am start.

Cost: Adults £20.00, Children £10.00

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chorlton-edible-mushroom-hunt-tickets-21029024378

Sun 6th Nov 2016 Mushroom Hunting Morning at Delamere Forest near Chester 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. 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 start to sample quite how good they taste. Meeting outside the café next to the old Visitors Centre for a 10am start.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10.00 children

Bookings are made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mushroom-hunting-morning-at-delamere-forest-tickets-21029118660

Sun 13th Nov 2016 Late Season Mushroom Forage in Fletcher Moss Park 11am-3pm

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, perceptions are usually deceptive this time of year. I tend to view November as a crossover month, where we find both the lingering autumnal species of fungi and plants, along with the early crop of winter varieties, potentially making for a foraging bonanza. We will spend a good 2-3 hours foraging before wrapping up with some wild food cooking and tasting.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10 children

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/late-season-mushroom-forage-in-fletcher-moss-park-tickets-21029353362

Sun 4th Dec 2016 Winter Wild Foraging Experience in Fletcher Moss Park 11am-3pm

You’d be forgiven for expecting to find almost nothing on a forage in early December. And while the rewards aren’t quite as immediate as some other times of year, with a little effort there are some excellent and easy-to-identify wintertime wild foods still peeping through, from leafy greens, roots, fruits and fungi. This walk is an excellent excuse to be outdoors on a cold winter’s day - but hardy foragers need to be prepared to brace the bitterness and come wrapped up warm! The forage will last approximately 2 and a half hours and will be capped off with cooking and sampling of our best finds.

Cost £20.00 adults, £10.00 children

Bookings can be made via:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-wild-foraging-experience-in-fletcher-moss-park-tickets-21029602106

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.