Foraging Sessions

Foraging for wild food is a huge passion here at Plot & Lane, as well as sharing the skills and knowledge of sustainable foraging with others through a combination of open group foraging walks and private sessions. You can find details of upcoming group foraging events on the Events page.

Private foraging walks

Private foraging walks are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, hen or stag party, or a corporate/team off-site with a difference. During a private foraging session we will walk for around 2 hours and you will be introduced to a number of wild plants and how they can be used in food & drink as well as folklore, some traditional medicinal uses, or uses in natural crafts depending on your area of interest. By the end of the session you will know how to identify a number of plants, have some ideas for how you might use them in the kitchen, as well as understanding the law around foraging and how to forage safely, sustainably and considerately. We won’t be spending time gathering plants to take home, but you will learn the necessary skills to be able to identify a number of wild edibles on your own.

Prices for a private foraging walk will depend on the number of people in a group and the location, so it’s best to get in touch using the form below with your requirements. I am based in South West London, but am happy to travel if needed (there may be an additional travel cost depending on the distance). I can suggest locations that I am more familiar with and where I can be certain that we will come across plenty to discuss, but I’m also happy to arrange a walk in a location more local to you. In this case I can’t guarantee what we will find, but it’s rare that there wouldn’t be anything for me to show you, and this could be a much more personal experience for your group in an area you are more likely to return to. The location will also depend on local foraging rules, as some parks limit or forbid foraging, but I should be able to advise you on this to some extent, particularly in London.

I’m a firm believer that there will always be something interesting for the forager at any time of year, but obviously some seasons are more abundant and varied than others and I’m happy to discuss ideal dates for your walk when you get in touch. Spring is great for young greens and blossoms, Summer is perfect for wild flowers and early fruits, and Autumn is all about berries, nuts, seeds and fungi.

Walks will go ahead come rain or shine, only being cancelled for weather reasons if the conditions are likely to be unsafe. Inclement conditions can happen at any time of year, so I recommend keeping an eye on the weather forecast and coming prepared with warm and waterproof layers, boots or wellies that you can walk a fair distance in, hats and sunscreen etc.

If you are interested in booking a private session, just get in touch using the form below and I’ll get back to you.

COVID-19

The following dates are subject to change depending on government lockdown easing:

  • Only one-to-one sessions are available until 29th March 2021 in SW London only.
  • From 29th March 2021, bookings of maximum 5 people (or more if all from the same household) will be available, and no longer limited to SW London.
  • From 17th May 2021, larger bookings will be possible.

During all foraging walks, we will follow the appropriate COVID-19 health & safety guidance in place at the time. This may include observing social distancing at all times during the walk, the use of hand sanitiser, and not passing plant/fungi samples around. For more information about bookings during COVID-19, please see terms & conditions.

Testimonials

Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for the calming walk a few Sundays ago. I knew I’d come away with a few tips and tricks but I hadn’t expected to what extent – I haven’t been able to go on a walk since without spotting an edible flower or leaf. Most surprising of all, I came away feeling unplugged from the usual manic that tends to creep into my days. Thank you again for introducing me to local wild edibles and for the reset to a slower pace.

Charmain, @leukitchen