The very first of a series of foraging walks to see us through Spring into early Summer. We will be at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve and Phytology medicine garden, a little stronghold of wildness in central London. In the Spring, the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve will be replete with wild plants, trees and shrubs. We'll find many different offerings, from roots to shoots, fruits to flowers. For those of us who are new to foraging, this is a chance to learn to identify a myriad of useful and interesting plants. If you've been foraging before then you're still more than welcome, but don't expect the same experience - plants like to grow and change. This year we'll also get to look at the BGNR's new mushroom microfarm, and can talk a little about fungi and their growth cycles. As well as identification, we'll be discussing plant folklore, history, recipes, traditional medicinal uses, bushcraft, different methods of preparation and other ways to integrate them into our lives. We might even meet some poisonous ones. At the end of the walk, we'll make a dip together with what we find and also share a small foraged picnic with homemade snacks by Izzy from RFW. If you're easily peckish, I would recommend having lunch before the walk. ACCESSIBILITY Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs. The entire site is step-free but paths are woodchip and may not be usable by some wheelchairs. We will be walking at a very slow pace. There will be a lot of stopping and talking. There is a step-free all-gender compost toilet onsite. Children are welcome at no extra cost, but please get in touch and let me know that they're coming. There are baby changing facilities in the compost toilet. Support workers and carers are welcome at no extra cost, but likewise please get in touch to let me know that they're coming. CONCESSIONS There is one free place available for someone who is unable or struggling to work right now. If this is you, get in touch via Instagram, Facebook or email. There are a limited number of solidarity tickets for disabled people and POC, who are under-represented in professional foraging in the UK. There are a limited number of gratitude tickets for regular volunteers at the BGNR. SUSTAINABILITY Whilst nibbling is encouraged, please note that we won't be harvesting anything to take home. You will, however, leave with enough knowledge to identify plants on your own. This way you can safely forage somewhere where they're growing abundantly. The dwindling green spaces in London make it all the more important that we are respectful. REFUNDS POLICY Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferrable, so if you find that you can't make it, you can send your ticket to a friend on Fixr. If you can't make it but would like to transfer your ticket to a different date, this is only possible if the new date still has available places 48 hours prior. Unfortunately we can only have a limited number of attendees per walk.
Spring Foraging Walk
Spring Foraging Walk
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve
Opens Sat 11th Mar at 1:30 PM (GMT)
London E2 9RR, London, E2 9RR