Go from clueless to confident on your journey to enjoying foraged plants, fungi, fruits and more with this detailed guide to identifying and cooking with the best wild edibles of Great Britain & Ireland.
Discover the joy of finding, harvesting and cooking with wild food with the very best each month has to offer. You will learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do with it in the kitchen.
You will have videos, photo galleries, recipes and more at your fingertips, all taught by experienced foragers. Discover over 70 wild foods!
Crucially, you'll also learn when to look. As each month we bring you the edible fungi, flowers, fruits and foliage which are in season from January to December.
Start your journey to becoming a confident wild food forager today.
"The course is so engaging and fun, I've learnt so much. Really awesome and would certainly recommend."
"The course brings me so much joy and fascination. Can't thank you enough."
"It has been fascinating to learn about how different plants and fungi have properties that can improve and enhance health.... they have opened my eyes to the possibilities."
Hi, we're Lea and James from Woodland Classroom.
We reconnect people with nature through workshops in North Wales and online including bushcraft, foraging, tree ID, woodland wellbeing and forest school.
We created this course because so many people, like you, have a real interest in foraging but don't know where to start. Maybe you're scared that your first taste of a wild mushroom might also be your last? You're not alone, we've been there ourselves.
With Your Wild Food Year we've made this huge subject accessible and digestible for the beginner, with everything broken down into the 12 calendar months. You'll take a year round journey with us to becoming a confident forager.
We really look forward to sharing our knowledge, experience and passion with you.
As well as being an outdoor activity leader I am also a qualified Counsellor and Mindfulness in the Woods Practitioner. I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone.
In my personal life though, I was sick of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and sluggish feelings from poor diet. I wanted to take charge of my own health.
I really wanted to know more about the medicinal benefits of the wild plants around me and how they could boost my immune system.
So, I took massive action and started really learning. This was hugely empowering.
Now I enjoy making my own tinctures, skin creams, remedies and more from foraged ingredients.
Having introduced wild food into my diet, I'm getting all the nutritional benefits for me and my growing family's wellbeing.
I've been teaching in outdoor education for 10 years now and I love being out amongst the trees and hedgerows, teaching people about nature and sharing bushcraft skills.
When it came to foraging though, despite already working outdoors, I still struggled to know edible fungi from deadly species and felt overwhelmed by the diversity of wild plants in my local patch.
It wasn't just a case of what to look for either but also where and when these wild foods could be found.
So, I really put the time in to learn a good range of commonly found wild edibles, identifying which were the best months to find them at their best for the forager.
Now I regularly use foraged foods in my own cooking. Our little boy really loves wild garlic.
I really look forward to sharing my wild food knowledge and experience with you.
Your Special Guest Tutors each month
You won't be learning from just Lea and James though...
Each month you will get top tips from some of the UK's leading experts in foraging, wild food, hedgerow medicine and bushcraft. Our guest tutors are a feature of the Monthly Foraging Workshop and Best of Seasonal Foraging video series.
There's a real wealth of experience here for you to draw on as they share their wisdom, knowledge and passion for foraging as well as their favourite wild food recipes.
Want to learn more about our guest tutors credentials? Just follow the link below. We think you'll be impressed.
We know that everyone starts their foraging journey from different places. Whether you want to simply dip your toe into this subject or dive headfirst into the hedgerow there's a course tier suited to you.
So, how far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
Tier 2 (Most Popular)
Or enrol via a payment plan of 2 instalments of £48.50
Or enrol via a payment plan of 4 instalments of £49.25
Discover over 70 wild edibles
Our students are already learning so many fabulous wild foods in their local area and beyond. This course includes a huge range of edibles including mushrooms, fruits, leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, roots, even tree sap!
"I was amazed how many weeds growing in my garden were not only edible, but tasted great too. All just a stones throw from my kitchen. I had no idea!"
"I'd always loved the idea of foraging for wild mushrooms but was too scared to try it. This course has shown me which species I can pick with confidence. The wild fungi hot spots I've discovered in my local area are now my closely guarded secret ;-) Thanks Lea and James."
Want the full list of all the wild foods included? Follow this link.
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FREE Preview Edition of Your Wild Food Year
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"If you want an absolutely brilliant experience, encompassing a whole slew of nature-based activities hosted by the loveliest people (James and Lea) then look no further! As well as this, Woodland Classroom collaborates with other nature-based teachers, giving a feeling of community amongst other practitioners and the people who come to us for guidance!."
- Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook
"I think you're offering something that I would have loved 20 years ago. You two are so very innovative, thanks!"
- Andy Hamilton, author of Booze For Free and Fermenting Everything.
"James and Lea inspired me to start my foraging journey nearly two years ago. They have been with me every step of the way since. Their videos are informative and their knowledge extensive, which has allowed me to build up my own knowledge and confidence in foraging different plants to make into recipes and remedies. I love identifying different plants and knowing their benefits and uses and I pass on this knowledge to my pupils, as well as my own two children. The course has definitely helped me strengthen my love of nature and being outdoors."
- Cheryl Miller, Primary School Teacher & Forest School Leader
"I would thoroughly recommend James and Lea’s course. I have been on a journey with them over the past year and shared their discoveries and recipes. They are full of enthusiasm and passion about the subject , have a brilliant relaxed , informative teaching style with lots of practical tips and ideas for recipes. They help you to feel confident in foraging and learning to ID plants as well as inspired to get out and go foraging."
"A great way to slow down, practice mindfulness and connect with nature and notice what is on your doorstep. Really what we all need at the moment for our wellbeing . Join the foraging family."
- Caroline Cook, Well With Nature UK
Cook up a storm!
Become a wild food masterchef with over 70 tried & tested recipes to inspire you. Learn to make nutritious, fresh and delicious meals using foraged ingredients. This isn't scratching out a survival with a few foraged scraps, this is food fit for a king!
"The content produced is always well thought out and accessible to all, newbies and those refreshing their knowledge. James and Lea deliver it in a professional way, with plenty of visual aids, explanations and anecdotes, yet still keep it real and friendly in a way that makes you feel you are in the room with them even though it is online. They given enough info to identify and pick things safely and some inspiring recipes. Most importantly the course/sessions have completely changed how i relate to nature and every walk is so much more enjoyable, interesting and immersive."
At the Wild Bites tier the course lasts 12 months, from whichever month you sign up. You can watch the video lectures at your own pace during this time, coupling this with making time to get outdoors and practise your new skills.
At the Wild Feast and Wild Banquet tiers you have lifetime access to the course content so can take as long as you want to complete it and refer back to it whenever you need to.
No, not at all. The different tiers of the course shown here, are all taught at the same level. Choose whichever one fits your level of interest or budget. The different tiers (and their prices) simply reflect the amount of content and pier support you get at each tier. You can always upgrade later if you get the foraging bug.
At the top tier you get our Special Workshop Series which includes; Tree Foraging, Eat Your Weeds, Easy Campfire Cooking and Poisonous Plants Every Forager Should Know. You will also get access to all our bonus videos which cover more wild foods not featured in our monthly workshops. On top of that, you will also be given a free ticket to any of our future wild food live workshops (online). Lastly, you get a whole extra course thrown in The Complete Tree ID Course. More on that below. It's the full package!
Yes, the time of year doesn't matter. Your 12 month course begins when you sign up.
Yes, you can start learning with whenever you like. Our Jan to Dec modules are available at your finger tips.
The courses includes over 70 common edible plants & fungi found in the UK & Ireland. For a full list of the species featured, simply follow this link.
Yes. We don't include any wild game in the 70 wild edibles. Plenty of recipes are already meat-free and although some recipes do include meat, we always suggest a veggie/vegan alternative where possible. Many of the recipes are for accompaniments to meals which you can adapt as you like.
We're confident you will love the course content, so much so that we guarantee it, or your money back. Your enrolment fee is 100% refundable within 30 days of your purchase. To request a refund, please contact our support team.
Yes. You can enrol on our FREE preview version of the course where you will get a taster of the videos, photo galleries and recipes that accompany the month of March, one of the best months of the year to start foraging. You can sign up to that taster course right here.
This is a private and safe space where fellow students can share photos, recipes, successes and failures and ask questions of the community, which includes your tutors Lea and James. This works via a free app called Discord. You can access the community on any mobile device.
The Complete Tree ID Course: Beginner is your guide to becoming an expert in 15 common UK tree species. You will get access to videos taking you through the key identifying features of each tree in spring, summer, autumn and winter. So, you will be able to identify trees no matter the time of year, even when there are no leaves. You also get cheat sheets, photo galleries and an interactive quiz to test your knowledge. If you want more info on this, just ask.
YOUR WILD FOOD YEAR: WILD BITES
Foraging Walks video series, Monthly Wild Food Workshop video series.
Best Of Seasonal Foraging video series.
12 months access.
£67 one-time payment
YOUR WILD FOOD YEAR: WILD FEAST
OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE
All of the above plus;
Forager's recipe book, photo galleries, forager's online community.
£97 one-time payment or a payment plan of 2 instalments of £48.50
YOUR WILD FOOD YEAR: WILD BANQUET
All of the above plus;
Bonus video series Special Workshop Series, Free Access to Future Live Workshops, Bonus Course: The Complete Tree I.D. Course.
£197 one-time payment or a payment plan of 4 instalments of £49.25
Get in touch with us if you've got any burning questions about the course, we'd be happy to talk with you.