Every time I visit here, the plethora of wild edible plants astounds me, and it is one of my favourite places to teach sussex foraging courses. Hidden away between the hustle and bustle of daily life, Sussex has some of the most amazing areas to go foraging in.
About Your Sussex Foraging Courses Guide
Robin Harford is an ethnobotanist and creator of www.eatweeds.co.uk, which is considered to be the UK’s leading wild food foraging site. He specializes in wild edible plants and has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK since 2009. He is a director of Plants & Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world. He also travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Africa, SE Asia and Europe.
We start our plant walk from under an ancient Yew tree, then slowly make our way along the river Rother, through a wild flower meadow, and then down a biodiverse rich country lane. It’s a place where time stands still, and there is a deep tranquil quality in the air not often found in the South East of England.
The stunning route that I will show you is what I call a ‘zone of abundance’, and it makes for a wonderful day out for family and friends alike.
On our Sussex foraging course I usually cover at minimum 20 wild food plants, and in Springtime this can be as many as 40 or 50 wild edibles. I'll show you how to identify wild edible plants using my 'sensory method of plant identification'. You'll learn how to cook, prepare and preserve the plants we find, as well as be immersed in their mystery, history and folklore. Sustainable foraging, safety guidelines, and the law are also covered.
When & Where Are The Sussex Foraging Courses
When it comes to learning foraging you can be assured of being in safe hands as I am meticulous about safety as well as sustainability.
I see foraging as an art, an ancient way to feed and sustain ourselves in a slow, graceful way.
During our time together I will take you on a plant journey like no other you will have come across. I won’t be regurgitating facts and figures I have simply read in books. I live and breathe wild plants, and will teach you what the books simply cannot.
You see the very act of foraging is deeply healing and transformative, and goes beyond simply putting food on the table. It opens you up to the mystery and wonderment of Life. There is nothing more fulfilling than wandering around picking a bit here, a bit there, crushing, smelling, nibbling, only to return to your kitchen to prepare scrumptious food for your loved ones.
Plants are my life, and I know that once you have been touched by them, your life will be forever changed, and you’ll realise (even more than you do now) just what a wonderful gift you have been given. Welcome to the wild world of foraging and the ancient art of the forager.
Here’s What People Have Said About Previous Sussex Foraging Courses
“Robin’s wild edible plants course was amazing, I urge anyone interested in foraging to do one before he stops doing them. With so many edible plants to choose from his ‘mindset’ approach is a flash of brilliance!!!” – Antony Christie BA (Hons), MSc?
“I went into the day knowing very little about edible plants, but your sheer enthusiasm and boundless knowledge quickly had me hooked! I felt that I learned so much from you. Not only about what you can and can’t do with the plants that are on our doorsteps, but also about getting back to trusting my instincts and listening to myself more. Thanks so much for a fantastic day and really helping to open my eyes to trusting my instincts again. It’s a real shame that you are slowing down on the teaching. So many people could learn so much from you.” – Lyndsey Mizen
“I got an enthusiasm, accessibility and connection with the plant kingdom I’ve never had before, even having spent decades of my life in green Sussex. I loved all the stories, the attitude and your humanity too.” – Clive Ardagh
“I think that the links you drew between the smells and tastes of the plants was fascinating. But the key feature of the experience was your insight and knowledge, put across to us in a very engaging and humorous way.” – Paul Rispolo