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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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