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FORAGING COURSES IN TILGATE PARK THIS AUTUMN

by Julie Kempson, Sep 2019

Autumn is fast approaching and with it the chance to participate in The Autumn Foraging Courses being held at Tilgate Park in Crawley with the first course taking place this Friday 6th September.   The day starts at 11.00 am and finishes at around 2.30 pm.

Tilgate Park is located on the outskirts of Crawley.  It is a large park combining a mixture of broad leaved woodland, heathland and lakes.  All of these combined make it is a great place for a wide range of wild foods to flourish all year round.  In the autumn in particular, it also creates a really good environment for many interesting funghi to grow.  It has a large mixture of interesting trees including 7 national champion trees and 10 different species of the oak tree, including an old English Oak believed to be approximately 250 years old.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Join the course on the grass outside Smith and Western where there will be a short talk on what to look for, including a brief of the general countryside codes in relation to foragers.

The walk is approximately 2.5 hours long around the park, and will teach you how to identify the different plants and mushrooms you might find along the way.

Along the way, seasonal homemade refreshments are provided such as wild mushroom soup or fruit leathers.  The day will end with a tasty wild food lunch based on what you have found along the way, and will also include some other homemade treats.

At the end of the day, leave your email address and you will receive a list everything that was talked about on the walk to help you remember what you have learnt.

Other future dates for this event are Wednesday 18th September and Friday 4th October both starting at 11 and finishing at 2.30 and also Saturday 26th October starting at midday and finishing at 3.30.