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Foraging with John Wright

There is no better way than foraging for getting up close and personal with the natural world. In searching for wild food, we get to learn so much about the plants, fungi and seaweeds that share our planet. John Wright, with 1,000 educational public forays behind him, is the perfect host, with a lively and anecdotal style. The walk will consist of a one-hour wander around the wilder parts of the site, looking for things that can be eaten and noting things that most definitely cannot.

John Wright, a furniture maker turned natural history writer, lives in rural West Dorset. After being invited to join Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall on the River Cottage programme as a wild mushroom guru, he eventually left his work-bench to concentrate on writing, leading wild food forays and giving talks. He is best known for his books on foraging, including his last book, The Forager’s Calendar. His other published books are The River Cottage Booze Book (Bloomsbury), all about home-brewing, The Naming of the Shrew (Bloomsbury), a cheerful exposition of biological Latin names, and The Natural History of the Hedgerow (Profile Books). In October, his eighth book, A Spotter’s Guide to Countryside Mysteries (Profile Books), is due to be published. Two further books on natural history have been commissioned.