Oxford Foraging Courses & Walks

Robin Harford’s highly acclaimed Oxford foraging courses will show you the abundance of wild epicurean delights that grace the Oxfordshire countryside.

45 minutes by car from Oxford city centre, we start our leisurely foraging walk under a canopy of beautiful trees, before making our way down to a hidden lake surrounded by a wonderful array of wild edible plants.

Making our way around the lake, Robin will reveal the forgotten stories of the wild food plants that have been served for centuries on Britain’s dining tables.

On this Oxford foraging course, you will be shown how to identify wild edible plants, as well as learn the different plant stories, their nutritional values, their folklore and history.

Robin covers a minimum of 20 edible wild plants, and he will teach you his unique “sensory method of plant identification”.

A technique that will embed the plant deeply in your memory, so when you are out and about on your own, it will be easier for you to remember the plants next time you meet them.

“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

When & Where Are The Oxford Foraging Courses

  • Saturday, 20th April 2019
  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Location: Near Deddington, Oxfordshire (precise location is revealed after booking)
  • Cost: £50
  • FULLY BOOKED (Click here to be notified when new Oxford foraging course dates are posted).

About Your Oxford Foraging Courses Guide

Oxford foraging courses
Robin Harford is a plant-based forager, ethnobotanical researcher, and wild food educator.

He has been teaching people about their local edible landscape since 2008.

His foraging courses were recently voted #1 by BBC Countryfile.

Robin 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, India, SE Asia and Europe.

He is a co-director of Plants & Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world.

Robin’s Philosophy of Foraging

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 simply be regurgitating facts and figures I have read in books. I live and breathe wild plants, and will teach you what the books simply cannot.

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 changed forever, 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 Oxford Foraging Courses

Thank you! I had a great time despite the weather and left with the impression I could follow you around for a whole month learning about plants. There was so much ‘food for thought’ in your talk. It was truly inspiring. – Ludmila Enticott

I had such a great time and learnt so much! You’re a great storyteller, orator and very inspiring indeed. I’ve just finished my first foraged meal of nettle and noodle soup – it was delicious! You’ve definitely helped kick-start a few changes I’ve been wanting to make. – Andrew Edwards

Your passion and knowledge for the subject is very obvious and has inspired me to further my own knowledge of wild plants. Also, the background information to be learned, such as the plants use throughout history and uses in medicine and folklore. Your excellent recipes will no doubt be getting “a good seeing to” from now on. So thanks for opening the door a little into your world, and sharing with us. – Martin Spearman

I must thank you for a great time I spent on the course and really appreciated the way you delivered it. It wasn’t just a ‘here’s a plant you can eat now onto the next one’ morning but a whole lifestyle ethos. Your introduction alone was enough to put the stresses of the modern world out of people’s minds. – Phil Kitson

Thank you for a really good morning. I took so much from the course. I think I mentioned that I have always struggled to remember the names of wild plants – clearly linking it with food is the answer! – Christine O’Neill