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Foraging and Bushcraft with James Grant

James was first inspired by wild food at the age of 6 by his great-grandmother and father taking him out to pick blackberries, sloes and field mushrooms. Around the same time, he also was also taken fishing for the first time, a pursuit he has never tired of and love for outdoor activity was born. With a career in graphic design and the music business, wild food was only ever a hobby until in his late twenties he decided to see if he could make a career as a bushcraft teacher. James sees foraging as the widest-reaching skill within the field of bushcraft whether it is utilised to procure wild food, materials for craft and shelter, camp apparatus or signs of animals. Fungi are a bit of an obsession of James’ and he entered into teaching as an assistant with Ashdown Forage and Truffle and Mushroom Hunter. In 2015 James was part of a group of 27 professional foragers who founded the Association of Foragers – an international professional foragers association, promoting sustainability and ecological stewardship through the teaching and harvesting of wild plants and fungi for use as food, drink and medicine. James is also a member of the British Mycological Society, The Coracle Builders Association and holds a level 4 Bushcraft Leader certificate.

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