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.
Thursday 28th July 2022 at People’s Park, Ballymena (6pm)
Thursday 11th August 2022 at River Walk, Broughshane (6pm)
Saturday 27th August 2022 at Linn Glen, Larne (10am)
Saturday 24th September 2022 at Jubilee Woodland, Whitehead (10am).
Saturday 15th October 2022 at Crnfunnock Country Park (10am).
Continuing Mid and East Antrim Council’s series of foraging walks and demonstrations across the Borough this year, these events are free and cover a range of sites and habitats throughout the seasons.
Booking is essential and numbers will be limited.
The next event is at Peoples’ Park, Park Ballymena on Thursday 28th July (6pm), themed around foraging for ingredients for teas. In order to book, please follow the link: Sorry, Booked Out On Thursday 11th August (6pm), I will be leading a walk along the Riverside Walk in Broughshane, looking at wild food and herbs. The details of the event can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2077846402393937 and booked using the following link: bit.ly/3tqNoHc Then on Saturday 27th August, we’ll be picking blackberries and other fruits and discusssing how to use them. This will be in Linn Glen in Larne (10am). Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/465558441918468 , and booking bit.ly/3IuGvJc .
On Saturday 24th September (10am) at Jubilee Woods, Whitehead, we’ll be looking at apples and seeing what’s growing in the community orchard. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/528245618864196 , and booking bit.ly/3L9HzEd .
Finally, on Saturday 15th October, we’ll be walking around Carnfunnock Country Park near Larne in search of fungi and other forageables. To book, go to https://forms.office.com/r/GDezRhb69K
Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival
Sunday 25th September 2022 from 12-5
Sunday 16th October 2022 from 12-5
I have been invited to lead some foraging walks and offer some tasters at this year’s Salmon and Whiskey festival in Bushmills, Co. Antrim. The festival is on from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th, and I’ll be there on the Sunday afternoon. This event has been postponed until the weekend of 16th-18th October. Details to follow.
Past Events – Locations of Forage events around the country
Learmount Forest, Feeny
Roe Valley CP, Limavady
Rath Dubh, Moneyneany
Drumnaph Wood, Maghera
Lough Beg, Toome
Killaloo Wood, Claudy
Ness Wood, Claudy
Cabin Wood, Cookstown
Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown
Lissan House, Cookstown
Gortin Glen Forest Park
Ecclesville Wood, Fintona
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Devenish Partnership, Enniskillen
Castle Archdale Forest Park
Sentry Hill, Newtownabbey
Eden Allotments, Carrickfergus
Antrim Castle Demesne
Jubilee Wood, Whitehead
Bashfordslnd and Oakfield Woods, Carrickfergus
Shane’s Castle Estate
Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle
Ecos Park, Ballymena
People’s Park, Ballymena
Straidkilly and Glenarm
Republic of Ireland
Marlay Park, Dublin
St. Anne’s Park, Dublin
Carlingford, Co. Louth
Tintern, Co. Wexford
Belvoir Forest Park
Lagan Lands East
Bog Meadows NR
Castlewellan Forest Park
Rostrevor Forest Park
Tollymore Forest Park
Delamont Country Park