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Discover the wild

Everyone enjoys a forage! From forest school kids to corporate away days, a forage connects with something deep inside us, it reconnects with pretty much every single one of our ancestors with an activity that is fascinating, rewarding and very useful. It teaches us about habitats, the diversity and interconnectedness of life and helps us to understand and marvel at the magic that comes to life when we see, feel and taste the natural world around us.

Forest Horizons isn't really a company, it's just me and a Facebook page, eventbrite profile and this website. I have an insta but I'm rubbish at keeping up with it. I've never had funding or capitol help... I just love running forages. This isn't my main job, I also work for the farm where I moor my narrowboat and put my joinery skills to work making and repairing jetties and such things. But foraging is by far the best part of my work, I love igniting that flame of delight in peoples' eyes as they learn new things about nature. Its in our genes, we're all fascinated and once we start it is very addictive! Beware, before you know it you'll be carrying a pocket guide to mushrooms and making sudden stops to leap out of your car and jump over a fence because you caught sight of a mushroom that's been on your radar in the corner of your eye!

Gardeners World with me at Rivington Terraced Gardens

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Wild woodland ways

Forest Horizons is about sharing a passion for the wild, understanding nature and connecting with it in a real and tactile way. Edible treats from plants to fungi and useful materials like Hazel and Willow, and taking shelter in rustic wood built structures like roundhouses, summerhouses and sheds. Step out of your everyday life and take a walk in the woods and learn the names of the things around you and connect with them. Trees, plants, fungi, insects, birds, and learn how they interact with each other and how we have traditionally interacted with them and used them in our daily lives. Learn how to appreciate the nature around us and how to look after it. Forest bathing, mindfulness, wellbeing are things that we need in our lives and it all starts with a walk in the woods...

Forest Horizons is run by Col who is an ex woodworking teacher, cycle instructor, qualified forest school leader, community worker and a member of the Association of Foragers and runs the UK's largest mushroom social media group, Mushroom Spotters UK (facebook).

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