It is great to be able to plan events now with an element of confidence. It’s been really lovely to be able to lead walks and meet lots of lovely people again since last summer. Most organisers are still wary of overly large gatherings, so bookings are usually required, even for free events. Please honour your booking, as “no-shows” mean that someone else loses out – if you can’t make it, please let me or the organisers know.

 Nature  Walks in Mid and East Antrim

Friday 27th January 2023 at Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus (2pm)

Friday 24th February at Straidkilly Nature Reserve, Glenarm (2pm)

Tuesday 21st March at Larne Leisure Centre, Larne (2pm)

These walks are part of a series of EmbRACE events run by Mid and East Antrim Council, led by Dermot. Although not focussing on foraging as such, we’ll be seeing some edible plants along the way.

The Bashfordsland walk will concentrate on the legacy of the Victorians and the plants that they introduced at the time.

At Straidkilly, we’ll be looking at a wild and natural woodland that is starting to “wake up” in spring.

At Larne, we’ll be looking at some of the seaweeds and creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone along the promenade.

Booking is essential and numbers will be limited.

For Bashfordsland, book using

For Straidkilly, book using

For Larne, book using

Foraging  Walks and tasters

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey, Co Antrim

Saturday 14th January at 12

Originally planned for September last year as part of the European Heritage Open Day events and cancelled following Queen Elizabeth’s death, Mid and East Antrim Council are having a foraging and tasting session at Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey. We will walk down into Galgorm Woods and when we get back to the cottage, we can taste freshly baked griddle bread and homemade jams.

Booking is required, and enquiries can be made by contacting The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena 028 2563 5077 or by emailing

A second event in the Andrew Jackson Cottage, near Carrickfergus, will be on Saturday 28th January, where I will be demonstrating and cooking chutney from 12 to 2. This will be a drop-in session, no booking required.

Herbal Teas

Larne Museum, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim

Tuesday 7th March at 2:30

Larne Museum and Arts Centre has a small herb garden, and is putting on an event to chat about the herbs in the garden and to taste various herbs, both from the wild and from the garden itself.

Booking essential by contacting the Museum on 028 2826 2443 or email

Past Events – Locations of Forage events around the country

Co. Londonderry

Learmount Forest, Feeny

Roe Valley CP, Limavady

Rath Dubh, Moneyneany


Downhill Forest

Ballyscullion, Bellaghy

Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Prehen, Derry

Gransha, Derry

Lough Beg, Toome

Killaloo Wood, Claudy

Ness Wood, Claudy



Co. Tyrone

Cabin Wood, Cookstown


Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown

Dungannon Park

Gortin Village

Lissan House, Cookstown

Springhill, Moneymore

Gortin Glen Forest Park

Ecclesville Wood, Fintona


Co. Armagh

Slieve Gullion Forest Park


Oxford Island


Co. Fermanagh

Devenish Partnership, Enniskillen

Castle Archdale Forest Park

Tully Castle

Killyfole Lough

Co Antrim

Cushendall Beach



Sentry Hill, Newtownabbey

Eden Allotments, Carrickfergus

Antrim Castle Demesne

Jubilee Wood, Whitehead

Bashfordslnd and Oakfield Woods, Carrickfergus

Mossley Mill

Rathlin Island

Greenisland Allotments

Shane’s Castle Estate

Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle

Ecos Park, Ballymena




People’s Park, Ballymena


Crumlin Glen



Straidkilly and Glenarm



Carnmoney Hill

Republic of Ireland

Marlay Park, Dublin

St. Anne’s Park, Dublin

Carlingford, Co. Louth

Tintern, Co. Wexford



Shaw’s Bridge

Belvoir Forest Park


Ormeau Park

Lagan Lands East

Lagan Towpath

Lagan Meadows

Cherryvale Park

Bog Meadows NR



Co. Down


Hillsborough Estate

Comber Greenway

Castlewellan Forest Park


Rostrevor Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Delamont Country Park