Join us to explore the edible, the poisonous and the downright strange as we enter the weird and wonderful lives of fungi!
Join us as we take a day to begin to explore these spectacular organisms in the beautiful setting of the Ashdown Forest... Have you every wondered how
there can be nothing in a given place one day, and a stand of incredible 'toadstools' there the next? Have you ever noticed that some fungi will stain
and bruise all sorts of rainbow colours? That some will leak brightly coloured milk, and others are covered in slime?... Some can even glow in the dark! From
taking a look at how some different types of fungi grow and work, to starting to learn how to go about competently identifying what you've found, to how to
sustainably and responsibly gather for the pot, this course aims to instill in you and enthuse you with a love of mycology that's hard to shake off!
On the day:
Start at 0900 over a cup of tea we can discuss what people hope to gain from the course and some important points and information to know before we go out.
11 - 12:30: Do a round of the forest garden site, learning the basics of fungal biology, how to gather them without damaging them
or their environment, and how to use ALL of our senses to help us to identify using reference books.
12:30 - 1:30 light lunch at the forest garden, and then off to the forest from 12:30 -
4:00 to test some of our newly aquired skills and hopefully to collect a few common edibles to bring back and cook up
at our 4:00 - 5:00 fireside Q & A and tasting session back at the Forest Garden!
List of equipment: Waterproofs/boots are weather dependent, we will go out unless it's torrential! please bring a small folding knife if you have one, and a
trug/basket too. Don't worry if you don't there should be a few to share... And please bring a notepad and pencil if you're a note taker! There will be plenty
A home cooked lunch, teas and coffees are provided