‘Fun’gi time in Callendar Wood
Discover the fantastic world of fungi with Forest Enterprise Scotland this Sunday (30th September) in Callendar Wood.
Learn more about the most common organism of the kingdom of fungi, the mushroom, enjoy a guided walk through the wood with Callendar Wood’s community ranger and take the opportunity to forage for the living organism with foraging specialists, Whitehouse Foraging.
Scotland’s climate is the perfect environment for some of the world’s most delicious wild mushrooms to grow and prosper. The event aims to encourage people to use their local wood to learn and benefit from the food that can be found there.
Gordon Harper, community ranger at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “Our fungi event will inspire people to go out and take a closer look at the living organisms that surround their homes. Mushrooms grow in our woods, hedges and by the roadside by the bucketful, yet almost all of us ignore this natural resource.
“It’s important that people are educated on our versatile woodlands and the various species that live in them, so they can better understand and respect these places. We encourage people of all ages to come along to this event to learn about and enjoy what our wonderful woodlands have to offer.”
Foraging has grown increasingly popular in recent years thanks to celebrity chefs and food education. Where our food is sourced from is one the most important factors when choosing our food, with more and more people becoming interested in the country’s natural resources and produce.
Graham Whitehouse from Whitehouse Foraging and member of the Association of Foragers said: “We will be providing a beginner’s guide to edible mushrooms at the event this Sunday, including where to look, what to look for and when. Mushrooms are varied and versatile, providing food source and medical use – who knows what types we will find in Callendar Wood.
“Many people in the UK are nervous of picking wild mushrooms, particularly when they have names like Funeral Bell and Death Cap. However, we can educate attendees on what to pick and what to leave alone. We’ll explain good foraging practice to protect our environment for future users and give an insight to the local woodlands and what can be found there.”
Attendees are advised to wear suitable clothing and all children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 067 6700.
Date: Sunday 30th September, 1pm – 3pm
Meeting point: Front of Callendar House, Callendar Wood, Falkirk, FK1 1YR
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