Foraging for wild food

This is a one-day course foraging for food available at this time of the year, mainly salads, with explanations of how it can be used and eaten.  In the afternoon Vanessa  will show you how to cook and eat the plants you find.  Looking at the countryside will never be the same after you have been on this course!

You will be led by Vanessa Neville.  Click on her name to see more about her.



In the morning there will be two separate foraging walks, with Vanessa, to identify and pick the edible plants and roots we find.

After lunch in the farmhouse, Vanessa will give you some ideas on how to prepare and cook the plants.



What I did not put down was my enjoyment of the day, and how having the foraging combined with cooking what we found added an enormous amount.  We have been enjoying chicken of the woods in stroganoff and today we will have mixed mushrooms with our steak. Have also foraged locally with a grand bag of one parasol and a handful of small puffballs. Ah well.

Group size, setting, arrangements, booking, welcome were all good. 

Overall, I was very impressed with both Matthew and Lisa both very approachable people. Assington Mill is also an impressive place, what you have achieved is truly admirable.  Having spent the most day with Matthew, I found his delivery friendly, relaxed, thorough and confident. Considering the volume and frequency of questions being put to him, I thought Matthew handled the fielding of each question professionally and responded with a consistent level of enthusiasm and depth of knowledge, and on the rare occasion Matthew didn't know something, he would simply say so. I admire Matthew's depth & breadth of knowledge, and would certainly pay to go foraging with him again. When I received the list of mushrooms that were identified on the day, I was very pleasantly surprised. The list contained everything needed to further an interest in learning more about mycology; All of the essential information needed from a beginners level, without being excessive. This was a really lovely touch, it underlined the fact that this was a professionally run course, worth the money - This final detail, completed the package for me.

Lunch: Although I'd read lunch was homemade and included, it was absolutely amazing, fresh, healthy and incorporated the foraging element, which tied in nicely. You are both very welcoming and a pleasure to talk with, as was everyone else in attendance.  Spending a pleasant and informative afternoon was enjoyable and relaxing, especially after having such a wonderful lunch. It was nice to have a chance to prepare some of the fungi we'd collected under guidance. In a way it provided closure to the foraging, to actually consume things that had been collected no more than a few hours prior, makes it all the more real. With simple advice being provided, a delightful snack was soon prepared, accompanied with the refreshments available throughout the afternoon. A thoroughly enjoyable day, well spent, and well managed and organised. Thank you.  Ray C.

In 2014, we found 46 different species of fungi, of which 12 were edible.  Anne

Great day, learned so much.  The facilities are lovely and owners so friendly.  Thank you.

I’ve had a really fantastic day.  Learned a lot, wonderful company and it’s kindled the interest in me to learn more … and cook!  Anna T.

We came with no expectations and were pleasantly surprised with the course content.  Lovely to see how the different items of vegetation can be used as food sources.

The whole day was fantastic.  Very informative with a delicious lunch.

Great fun as well as educational.

Very informative and fascinating.  Good to know there is so much wild food out there just waiting to be picked and eaten.  Thanks very much.

I would just like to say thank you again for our course on Sunday. It was fascinating and informative and our dog walks will never be the same again, I think Elmer and I will be constantly looking in hedgerows and fields to see if we can find things to eat.   Vanessa was an interesting lady and I thought she ran the course extremely well.  We were unsure what to expect but we both liked the informal way it was delivered.  Your home and farm are amazing and everyone was so friendly - we will certainly look at other courses you run in the future.  Jac & Elmer K.

Thank you for taking into account my dairy intolerance – fantastic food!

Another really enjoyable session thank you.  Vanessa was so approachable and knowledgeable about foraging.  The food was absolutely delicious!  I’ll be back!





Jude Greenan & Vanessa Neville MNIMH
Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Times10.00 - 4.00


What to Bring

Warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves

Wellies (best) or strong boots

Basket or trug