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How to forage and prepare wild food: A masterclass in the Sussex countryside

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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How to forage and prepare wild food: A masterclass in the Sussex countryside   more info May 10, 2019 £199.00 £7.80
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Learn how to forage safely and responsibly at this immersive masterclass with horticulturalist Dave Hamilton.

Wild food is nutritious, delicious and completely free. During this fun masterclass with forager and horticulturist Dave Hamilton, you’ll forage for food during a walk in the beautiful Sussex countryside, then sample a lunch of seasonal edibles. Along the way, you’ll learn how to identify a wide range of wild plants, as well as how to use those plants in a variety of dishes.

Dave has been foraging since long before it was fashionable, and has led many groups on wild food walks across the length and breadth of the UK. Anyone of any level can attend this masterclass, however it will appeal most to people with an interest in plants, food and the outdoors. The class will also appeal to gardeners looking to increase their knowledge, as well as chefs, foodies, or people looking to find new ways of connecting with the landscape.


  • Take a guided walk through the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover what edible plants are available
  • Learn the botanical names of many of the UK’s wild food plants, along with the history of the plants
  • Expert advice on how to forage safely and responsibly, wherever you live
  • How to avoid the most common poisonous plants in season, as well as urban and rural contaminates
  • Prepare a lunch of wild edibles
  • Sample a lunch of wild food snacks and drinks
  • Find out what edibles will become available into next year
  • Plenty of opportunities for questions and group discussions


  • Please note that the cost of your ticket does not include travel costs. All attendees are asked to meet at Balcombe station in Sussex at 9.30am
  • The village of Balcombe is easily accessible from London and surrounding areas. Direct trains run from London St Pancras and take approximately one hour.
  • The walk will not be long, but is significant. If you are considering coming along and have limited mobility or other access requirements, please do email us to discuss your needs.

What to bring

  • You’re strongly recommended to bring along the following: walking boots, a raincoat, a notepad and pen
  • Lunch is provided on the day, but you may wish to bring along a couple of snacks for the walk, along with a large bottle of water

More about your teacher…

Dave Hamilton is a forager, horticulturist and journalist. He’s the author of numerous books including Family Foraging, Grow Your Food for Free (Well Almost), and his travel series Wild Ruins and Wild Ruins BC. Dave has been foraging since he was a child and teaching since 2007. He holds a degree in food science and nutrition and a diploma in sustainable horticulture. He has worked with organisations including the National Trust, the Eden Project and Bristol Botanic Gardens, and has made numerous TV programmes foraging with the likes of Ben Fogle and Mary Berry. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @DaveWildish.

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Balcombe Train Station
London Road
Balcombe Road
RH17 6JQ
United Kingdom

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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