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Wych Cross (Ashdown Forest)

Wych Cross

RH18 5JJ

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Beginning at 9 am and concluding around 5/6 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). The aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands on examples, in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. Whether you have children or not, such an added exploration is a really positive way to introduce fungi to them, by passing the culture of fear that abides in British culture. A 3 course wild-food-based and end-of-forage meal will be provided to finish the day. This will be served in the woods (weather permitting) with a range of deliciously cooked seasonal wild mushrooms that you will have collected (so please bring snacks or a sandwich for lunch). We will also work with some excellent fungi identification keys, as well as a range of guide books. Much of fungi identification using the naked eye rather than microscopes (that is, identification in the field – metaphorically and literally) is about a balance of probabilities that point to a particular species. The keys that we will use are excellent ones that, if used, will greatly aid your on-going confidence in beginning to accurately and systematically correctly identify a particular fungus down to genus level whilst out on your own.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the course?

16 years old - 75 years old

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the course?

16 years old - 75 years old

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For those driving, there is a large car park at the meeting spot. For those arriving by train, the nearest station is East Grinstead, from where I will pick you up 20-30 minutes before the course start time.

What can I bring into the event?

Good walking boots, a full set of waterproofs, and perhaps a notebook and camera. A few extra layers to put on during evening dinner in the woods.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

ferguspd22@hotmail.com

What's the refund policy?

Full refund if given 1 month's notice

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes

Can I update my registration information?

Yes

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes

MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MY COURSES MORE GENERALLY

Where do courses take place?
Fungi course: We will be meeting at Canterbury Westgate Station. Although in 2017 I may run some courses in the Ashdown Forest. In the latter case, those without cars will be picked up from East Grinstead train station, and those with cars will meet me in Wych Cross near Forest Row, East Sussex.

How long does it take to get there from central London?
From London Victoria to East Grinstead, by train, 58 mins (1 hr 35 mins if driving)

Hello. Your courses / experiences look fantastic, i wanted to buy them as a gift for my mum and dad. They are both quite active and enjoy walking etc, but i'd like to understand first how much walking, steps, bending down, crawling about on hands and knees are involved in the day?
There are many rests as we stop to harvest, taste, or talk about fungi. Gathering fungi does involve bending down, but this is not essential for identification.

Do I need to be very fit to take part?
A general average to good level of fitness is required. Having said that, I have had several people that don’t quite meet this ideal and it has still been fine. There is no really sustained walking as there are constant pauses to collect or talk about individual plants.

Who attends the courses, and can I come on my own?

Only the best and most discerning people attend my course! The courses are for adults, although occasionally older children do attend. People come from all walks of life, some with lots of fungi knowledge, but most with just a bit or almost none. Individuals come on their own, Couples come, as do family and friends, so the group on the day will be a mix of people.

How much does the course cost?

Fungi Forays: (9am-6pm) £135 per person.

Do I need to take notes or take pictures with my camera?
You are free to take notes and pictures. Although I send out considerable post-course information to include photos of all we have seen (if possible) that includes links to further information, it can be useful, of course, to take your own notes and pictures of individual plants in the order that we find them.

Can I bring my dog, it's only very small and won’t be a problem?
Yes, large or small


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