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    Hi guys, i was wondering if any of you have had any experience of the wild food courses that are becoming increasingly popular? and if anyone could recommend one in the northwest of england.
    Im as bad as most people on here for foraging around and have found plenty of fruit trees but i want to be more sure of myself and also find some walnut trees etc.

    i live in rossendale, east lancashire. Which is a valley with plenty of wildlife and trees to choose from so im sure im missing a lot of potential food around me!!

    any help would be appreciated
    cheers Gaz

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    In a word, no.

    I'd love to gp on a 'fungi forage' with that chap on the Hugh Fearslessly-Eatsitall River Cottage telly programme.

    In this area we have plenty of brambles for blackberries. We also have loads of damson trees in the hedgerows (damson gin being rather tasty). Up in the Weaver Hills there are bilberries (which blueberries are tending to replace).

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    well thats rather depressing lol
    well i'll keep looking, cheers for the reply :-)

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    I just googled learn to forage for wild food, loads of info there that might help.

    Colin

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    Gazh, can't help am afraid but there are lots of good books eg WILD FOOD by Roger Phillips and one of the River Cottage series which looks great.
    [while i'm on the subject, anyone else driven mad by Hugh F-W? Ugh]
    BTW though I went on a London one and it was...bit rubbish. Learned how to identify chickweed, er, thanks. If anyone knows a good one here too I'd love to know.

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    I bought the food for free book, by richard mabey - Collins Gem - Food For Free: Amazon.co.uk: Richard Mabey: Books (this is the link to the pocket sized edition - really useful as it's small enough to go in normal pockets ). It's good, the latest revision has photos in it for better identification, and it's made me realise that on my usual trip around the place there's loads of edible things around me. For just over three quid, it's a worthwhile purchase to get started.
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    hey, cheers for the advice, i think that self taught with books will have to be the way forward.
    yesterday i ordered: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Edi...ecc_rvi_cart_1
    and i might order the ones that you suggested chrismarks and broadripple
    went dog walking today and found a new apple tree :-)

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    found this one: Taste the Wild - One Day Foraging Course
    looks really good but a bit pricey for 2 of us for the weekend

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