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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

Sun 23rd March 2014 Riverbank Springtime Foraging Session in Chorlton 11am-2pm

This early spring forage introduces a delicious selection of our native edible plants, from tender leaves to tasty roots. 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 at the footbridge next to Jackson’s Boat Pub in Chorlton for an 11am start. Bring a snack and a drink to keep energy levels up.

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

Cost £12.00 adults, £6.00 children

Sun 6th April 2014 Early Spring Foray in Fletcher Moss Park with Cracking Good Food 11-2pm

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

Sun 13th April 2014 Private Event

Wed 23rd April 2014 Spring is Here! Wild Food Foray 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

Sat 26th April 2014 Private Event

Sun 27th April 2014 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.

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

Cost £12.00 adults, £6.00 children

Sat 3rd May 2014 Private event

Wed 7th May 2014 Spring Foray in Fletcher Moss 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 11th May 2014 Barden Bridge Food Foraging Experience 12pm-circa 3.30pm

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 mid-spring the river banks will be awash with fresh green growth and a smattering of early 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)

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

Cost £12.00 adults, £6.00 children

Fri 16th May 2014 Private Event

Sun 18th May 2014 Wild Food Day in Hebden Bridge with Cracking Good Food 11-4pm

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 21st May 2014 Chorlton Water Park Foray 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

Fri 23rd May 2014 Private Event

Sat 24th May 2014 Wild Food Foraging with Harthill Cookery School, Cheshire

This wild food foraging day provides an opportunity to learn, through practical activities and underpinning theory about the fascinating world of wild food. The Harthill area in Cheshire I abundant in wild plants making it ideal for foraging, not to mention the great views across Cheshire and wales that you get from the Sandstone Trail.

Your day will start at our cookery school with a chat about important wild foods and poisonous look-alikes followed by outdoor foraging for edible leaves and shoots. You will stop for a light snack to get you through the morning.

Time: arrival 9.30. The event runs from 10am-2pm. Cost £75

For more information and bookings see www.brianmellor.co.uk

Sun 25th May 2014 Ness Botanic Gardens Herbal Medicine Day 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 353 0123 (Please note: a deposit is payable in advance to secure your place)

Sunday 1st June 2014 Foraging for Food and Health in Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury 12-3pm

This forage in the depth of summer is intended to be a fun exploration of all things foragable. From edible flowers, and leaves to medicinal roots and gourmet wild mushrooms, this walk offers the chance to savour nature in all its glory and to be dazzled by the sheer variety and depth of bounty she has to offer. Learn how to prepare wild food dishes and how to make a range of simple herbal preparations.

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

Cost £12.00 adults, £6.00 children

Sat 7th June 2014 Alston Hall Herb Day 10am-4pm

This course provides an opportunity to learn, through practical activities and underpinning

theory about the fascinating world of wild food. You will spend time in the classroom learning about important wild foods and poisonous lookalikes, followed by outdoor foraging for edible leaves, shoots and spring time mushrooms. Finally we have an opportunity to cook up our finds in various ways and to sample the delights of wild food.

Cost is £60 per person. Bookings are made via Alston Hall on Tel: 01772 784661 quoting Course Reference: 3SCJ7739X

Sun 8th June 2014 Alston Hall Wild Food Day 10am-4pm

This course offers an opportunity to work with nature’s medicinal treasure chest. A

brief classroom introduction is followed by an extensive herb identification walk on which

we will collect a sample of medicinal herbs. The afternoon session will be spent making a

variety of herbal preparations in class, including tinctures, syrups, creams and ointments.

Cost is £60 per person. Bookings are made via Alston Hall on Tel: 01772 784661 quoting Course Reference: 3SCJ7740X

Wed 11th June 2014 Elderflower Special in Chorlton with Cracking Good Food 5.30-8.30pm

This event coincides with the flowering season of our native elder and is a chance to learn about and celebrate the many food and medicinal uses of this delightful plant, as well as being aware of the many other berries and plants growing around you. After an hour or two of foraging, you’ll set up an outdoor cooking space and transform the foraged elderflowers into none other than delicious thirst quenching elderflower cordial and elderflower champagne for you to take home. Recipe sheets will be provided. It promises to be a full and fruitful forage!

Sun 15th June 2014 Summer Wild Food Bounty Event in Delamere Forest, Cheshire

Delamere forest is currently 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 at the main Visitors Centre.

Cost: £12.00 Adults £6.00 Children

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

Sat 5th July 2014 Alderley Edge Trees and Flowers – A Herbal Medicine Walk 11am-2pm

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.

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

Cost £12.00 adults, £6.00 children

19th- 20th July 2014 Home Schooling Network Coastal Foraging Camp

Sun 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

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

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

Sat 20th Sept 2014 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Edible Mushroom Hunt

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

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 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Edible Mushroom Hunt

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

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

Sat 18th Oct 2014 Private Event

Sun 19th October Foraging event with Schola Foris

This event will be run in association with Schola Foris and held at their outdoor schooling site in Bollington, Macclesfield. Details of this event will follow here at a later date. For details of Schola Foris see www.scholaforis.co.uk

Fri 24th Oct 2014 Private Event

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 November 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

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.