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Autumn Wild Foods (+ optional tour) - Steward Community Woodland

Dartmoor's Daughter is again partnering with Daniel Thompson-Mills, Wild Food Practitioner and Teacher, to share the joys of finding and eating wild foods. This morning foray around Steward Wood will open the world of edible Autumn plants to those who wish to discover and share knowledge. 

You will learn:
* The benefits of foraging
* The Golden Rules of foraging
* Classifying plants by family
* Some medicinal uses of plants
* Wild food recipes
* The basics of preserving foods

You will, of course, sample yummy wild goodies, both fresh and preserved, and be introduced to many guidebooks and websites on the subject.

Daniel Thompson-Mills has been living at Steward Wood as part of the low impact eco-community there for 17 years. He has an intimate relationship with place, living off-grid, gardening, and co-managing the woodland. He has been a wild food practitioner and teacher for 20 years. He has a passion for facilitating nature connection and as well as teaching bushcraft and nature awareness skills, he is an archery instructor.

Optional 2-4pm Tour of Steward Community Woodland

The residents of Steward Community Woodland live and work together in a low-impact project, experimenting with:
* permaculture food growing and land use
* community dynamics
* renewable energy and appropriate technology
* building their own dwellings using low-impact materials
* small-scale woodland management
* experiential and home education

They live on 32 acres of plantation woodland on a hillside, located in the beautiful Wray Valley on the edge of Dartmoor. The community was founded in 2000 and is currently ten adults, three children and two teenagers.

Daniel Thompson-Mills, one of the founder members of Steward Community Woodland, will provide the tour of this low impact project. 

This tour is offered to you for free...although donations towards current legal expenses to reframe their land living rights are welcome.


£18 per adult (with children under 8 free, and 8-16 years £5)

Further Information

Level: 2 out of 5. The walk is approximately 1 mile and will be a slow pace but you need to be comfortable with some uphill and an occasional muddy path in the woods.

What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes, plenty of warm layers as we will be stopping a lot, waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the weather forecast). Drinks/hot flask and packed lunch to complement any wild edibles we collect along the way.

We love dogs...but sorry we would prefer not to have them accompany us on this occasion. Thank you.

Where to meet: Carpark at entrance to Steward Wood. We will meet you there and walk you up to the woodland. Address and Directions: Steward Community Woodland, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8SD (please don't rely on sat nav to reach exact location). Please see
Parking is limited so car sharing is encouraged please.

Cost: £18 per adult (with children under 8 free, and 8-16 years £5). Pre-booking essential. 

Cancellation: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds unless event is postponed or cancelled.

Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.