Explore the Wilder side of St Ives.... Join professional foraging guide Josh Quick. Learn how to safely & sustainably harvest your own food from the hundreds of edible wild plants that surround us. This course takes place at the Steeple nature reserve, a beautiful location overlooking St Ives bay. There are many fascinating plants to meet as we take a gentle stroll through hedgerows, heathland and woodland. Wild foods have become increasingly popular in recent years and are used by some of the top restaurants and drinks producers in the world. There are some incredible ingredients out there hiding in plain sight and with the right knowledge you can begin to use them yourself and produce your own Wild food & drinks at home. Foraging is about so much more than just food. Being able to harvest your own wild edible plants connects us to our local landscape, flora & the seasons in ways no other food can. Perfect for beginners or more experienced foragers, the content of the course will be tailored to people's experience and interests. We'll look at techniques to identify plants, legal issues, poisonous plants to avoid, sustainable harvesting techniques and uses of plants as food, drinks, fibres and much more.
There will also be some food and drink samples to try made from wild harvested ingredients. ------------------------------------------------------ Tickets are £25 for adults Under 16's are free but must be accompanied by an Adult, please let us know if any under 16s are attending when booking.
You may wish to bring a camera, notepad and a basket or lunchbox to take some wild ingredients home with you. Please dress appropriately for the ever-changing Cornish weather. The course will run unless the weather is particularly bad in which case full refunds will be issued Please contact Wild St Ives with any questions
How much walking is involved?
Very little, It will be a very gentle walk with plenty of stops to discuss the plants we meet.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No, under 16s are welcome to join us free of charge with a paying adult. Bear in mind the walks are aimed at adults and may be unsuitable for very small children.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is a available at the Nature reserve but is fairly limited, car sharing/ walking/ public transport is advised where possible. The nearest bus stop is 5 minutes away at the Cornish arms pub. Walking takes about 30- 40 minutes from the centre of St Ives.