BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 14 Apr '18

Sussex workshops will cover natural plant dyeing and how to use wild spring greens for food and medicine

The magical Wowo in Sussex is famous for its crackling campfires, gorgeous glamping and all-round family fun – but there’s more to this campsite than meets the eye.

Visitors can also pop in for full-day workshops hosted by the site’s specialist herbalists and foragers.

Spring foraging

This spring, take a journey through the growing seasons and learn how to gather and process plants for food and medicine.

Run by expert forager Anna Richardson and herbalists Alice Bettany and Lucinda Warner, this series of seasonal workshops is designed to introduce you to a wide variety of plants that have been used by our ancestors for healing, nourishment and enjoyment.

Each foraging and wild medicine day will give you an understanding of the qualities of each season and a sensory experience the properties of the plants you are working with. In the afternoon, you’ll make a variety of foods and medicines together around the campfire.

These workshops are open to anyone interested in building a relationship with plants, and help herbal practitioners or those interested in wild nutrition to identify plants in their different habitats, gather plants respectfully and sustainably and participate directly in the different processing methods of the plants in their seasons to turn them into food and medicine.

Spring workshops at Wowo

Wild Spring Greens for Food & Medicine
Saturday 21 April, 10.30-16.30

Natural Plant Dyeing with Deborah Barker
Sunday 13 May, 10.30-16.30

Late Spring Foraging & Wild Medicine Walk
Wednesday 30 May, 10.00-13.00

Prices

Full day workshop: £75 per person
Foraging walk (three hours): £30 per person
Seasonal plant exploration (set of four full days – April, June, Sept & Oct – with 10% discount): £270

What you’ll need

No previous experience is necessary. You’ll need to take a packed lunch – ideally one that can be shared with others. It will be topped up with foraged goods and you’ll spend the afternoon nibbling away on the foraged delights you’ve made. A selection of teas and hot water will be provided, and you’ll make some fresh herb brews along the way.

Take suitable footwear for walking on farmland, warm clothes (even if it’s sunny) and wet weather gear just in case. A notepad and pen, plus perhaps a camera, will help you remember the plants you use, and you’ll need a basket for foraged goods.

There is a maximum of 16 participants for each day. Under-18s are welcome if interested, but they’ll need to be accompanied by a participating adult, charged at 20% off the full price. Sorry but no dogs are allowed.