Hi, I’m Robin Harford, bestselling author of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland, and numerous other foraging books.
I have been running my hugely popular Devon foraging courses since 2008.
My foraging courses are listed at the top of BBC Countryfile’s ‘Best foraging courses in the UK’.
Scroll down to find my 2024 in-person foraging course dates.
- If you are looking for a private group forage, click here.
Online foraging courses
- Eatweeds Academy (weekly mentoring from March to October)
- Edible Seaweeds
- Wild Medicine for Beginners
What the press are saying
‘Highly rated’ – The Guardian
‘One of Britain’s most dedicated foragers’ – The Lady
‘A revelation!’ – BBC Good Food Magazine
Price and location
- Time: 10 am-12.30 pm
- Location: 10 minute walk from Exeter Quay. The precise location is revealed after booking
- Group size: 10 people
- Cost: £70 per person
2024 Foraging course dates
- Saturday, 6th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Thursday, 11th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Saturday, 13th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Saturday, 20th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Thursday, 25th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Saturday, 27th April 2024 – SOLD OUT
- Thursday, 9th May 2024 – SOLD OUT
Get on my priority notification list for when I release new foraging course dates in 2024.
I will notify you of new dates 48 hours before everyone else. And before I make the dates public – so you get first dibs.
What to expect
When you come on one of my Devon foraging courses, I will teach you how to safely identify wild edible plants and share with you the plant stories – including their past and present use as food, including their folklore and history.
I’ve been teaching full-time since 2008, when I established my wild food school. Many consider my wealth of knowledge to be exceptional.
The reality is, I am simply a country lad, if someone sixty years old can be called a lad, who is deeply in love with plants and wants to share what he has learned with others. So I look forward to seeing you at one of my events.
‘We absolutely loved the course: fascinating and deeply therapeutic. Robin is a brilliant communicator.’Naomi Cleaver, Channel 4 & Sky Presenter
What you will learn
- How to safely identify wild edible plants using a practice Robin was taught during his time with indigenous groups in South East Asia.
- How to cook, prepare and preserve wild plants.
- The past and present uses of wild plants as food and medicine.
- The forgotten stories and folklore of wild plants found around Britain.
- Sustainable foraging, safety, your rights and the law are also covered.
‘The forage in Exeter was the most informative and inspiring walk that I have been on in ages. I learned a lot and have already started using the knowledge that you so generously passed on in my own kitchen.’Dawn Smith
Kind words from past foraging course participants
Thank you very much, Robin, for something immensely more than learning about wild plants you can eat! I much appreciated the first half hour under a tree hearing your philosophy of foraging which absolutely chimed with – and put so much more eloquently – how I try to be amongst the natural world. I came home aware of a quiet but deep joy, and I’ve been telling my family and several friends about the walk ever since. — Margaret Turner
I was amazed to find that I had spent three hours completely absorbed in the world of wild plants, their properties (smell, taste, feel, etc) and uses when I have been able to do so little recently without pain and fatigue. I identified completely with your introductory talk under the lime tree relating to stress, the way we live and getting out of all that by being absorbed in the world around us that we just don’t see. The timing of your course in my own journey was just what the doctor ordered. Thank you so much. — Prof Peter A. Revell
Many thanks for a fascinating foraging expedition around beautiful Exeter last Saturday. I discovered many edibles which I had previously just walked past, and it was very interesting also to hear your views on the nutritional values of wild foods as opposed to cultivated crops – it all made a lot of sense. It was very nice to meet you and to put a face to the name on my regular Eatweeds newsletter. — Christine Wilkins
Yes, we loved it completely! have picked up a few bits today on my way home from work to show the family. — Carissa Langford
Many thanks for organising the day it was extremely informative. I will walk through towns and the countryside much more aware and with all my senses alert. I am also recommending you to friends and family. — Andrew Neligan
Many thanks for an extremely informative and engaging tour of edible Exeter. Rob and I enjoyed it very much and gained a lot from the experience, not just what to chomp on but your view of the great outdoors. — Lou Mogridge
I thoroughly enjoyed the wild food foraging course in Exeter. I thought it was brilliant. I truly resonated with everything you said, particularly about getting out of one’s head and into one’s body. Indeed that was my main motivation for joining, as I tend to be far to cerebral; and I need grounding. I am a Foreign Exchange Trader and often I operate far too much ‘in my head’. However, I tend to be a much better trader when I get out of my head, into my heart and body. — Cynthia Brown