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About Leader's landscape training:
Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist.
Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.
A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.
Leader’s Landscape Training is aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen your understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable you to pass on your new-found knowledge to those with whom you work.
Foraging is an activity which is seeing a huge increase in popularity in recent years –spend the day with an experienced local forager to learn more about the abundance of wild food and how it can apply to the variety of terrain found in the area.
After a check-in with a selection of warming and nutritious drinks to choose from, the morning will introduce you to many common and basic seasonal wild foods that are readily prepared and easily eaten –we will walk, talk, identify, gather and nibble. Following a nutritious wild salad & seasonal soup back at base there will be a chance to sample and learn about the many ways in which some of these foods can be taken home and preserved for future outings.
When we've had our fill of plants we will move on to learn a few things about fungi –the emphasis will be on mainly edible mushrooms as we walk, learn, and gather, we will also include toxic, poisonous, and deadly ones as well as some of the other very useful ways in which fungi can be utilised when outdoors. As we cook up and eat our pickings, we will explore everything from fungi's functions in the ecosystem, to picking techniques, foraging etiquette, re-mediation, commercial potential, medicine and much more.
Throughout the day there will be time to explore many of the issues around foraging –from its impact on the ecosystem to the role such activities play in our history with the land and the pressures on these habitats in the densely agriculturally oriented Lake District in present times.
Rookhow, Colton, Ulverston, LA12 8LA. Outside the Meeting House in the Car Park
What to bring:
A picnic lunch & clothing/footwear for all weathers. (Please note there is no indoor backup venue so the sessions will go ahead in poor weather unless unreasonable or unsafe to do so)
This workshop is hosted and organised by Friends of the Lake District (Tutor: Andrew Tomlinson –Wild Lakes Foraging)