21 September 2023
Join us for this foraging tour to explore fascinating Fungi. Each species has its role and its special connection and purpose in its habitat. There’s lots to learn, including how to identify mushroom species.
The tour will begin with a taste of wild gin made from foraged delights. Suitably fortified, and with staff and baskets in hand, we will then head off into the woods to see what we can find.
By the end of the session, you should be able to confidently identify two or three species of mushroom that we have focused on, depending on what is coming up on the day. If we find enough edible species, we will be able to have a fry up at the end and sample our foraged delights!
Good to know:
The foraging tour will start at 10.00am. We will meet at the entrance to the park on Stenner Lane, by the Didsbury pub.
Bus numbers 23, 42, 42A, 157 and X57 all stop near the entrance to the park. Tram stops Didsbury Village or Didsbury East are about 7 minutes’ walk away.
Colin Unsworth, AKA Forest Horizons, is a woodworker and wild food and mushroom foraging teacher. Colin is passionate about our natural world and the importance of our connection with it both for our future and for our present mental health and wellbeing. He runs the UK’s largest mushroom-focused online community and talked about mushrooms and their fascinating life cycles when he represented Rivington Terraced Gardens on BBC’s Gardeners World in 2018.
After the pandemic in 2022 he set up a charity fundraising team called the Free Wilders, raising money for Rewilding Britain and MIND.