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.

 Foraging  Walks in Mid and East Antrim

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

Foraging  Walks and tasters

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

Co. Londonderry

Learmount Forest, Feeny

Roe Valley CP, Limavady

Rath Dubh, Moneyneany

Draperstown

Downhill Forest

Ballyscullion, Bellaghy

Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Prehen, Derry

Gransha, Derry

Lough Beg, Toome

Killaloo Wood, Claudy

Ness Wood, Claudy

Ballyronan

 

Co. Tyrone

Cabin Wood, Cookstown

Augher

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

Crossmaglen

Oxford Island

 

Co. Fermanagh

Devenish Partnership, Enniskillen

Castle Archdale Forest Park

Tully Castle

Killyfole Lough

Co Antrim

Cushendall Beach

Rathcoole

Randalstown

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

Cloughmills

Bendooragh

Ballintoy

People’s Park, Ballymena

Galgorm

Crumlin Glen

Larne

Portglenone

Straidkilly and Glenarm

Glengormley

Glynn

Carnmoney Hill

Republic of Ireland

Marlay Park, Dublin

St. Anne’s Park, Dublin

Carlingford, Co. Louth

Tintern, Co. Wexford

 

Belfast

Shaw’s Bridge

Belvoir Forest Park

Tullycarnet

Ormeau Park

Lagan Lands East

Lagan Towpath

Lagan Meadows

Cherryvale Park

Bog Meadows NR

Orangefield

 

Co. Down

Moneyreagh

Hillsborough Estate

Comber Greenway

Castlewellan Forest Park

Rathfriland

Rostrevor Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park

Delamont Country Park

Bangor

Dundrum

Groomsport

Newcastle

Portaferry

Whiterock

Strangford

Loughbrickland

Annahilt

Lacken