2019 Course Dates
13th October 2019
2020 Course Dates
25th April 2020
28th June 2020
19th September 2020
£85.00 per person
The Level One Inland Foraging Basics course from Original Outdoors is a 1-day professional-level foraging course run in the Clwydian Range AONB.
2020 Gift Vouchers now available
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This course is new for 2019, but builds on content delivered to clients for the past 13 years.
The aim of this course is to not only deliver relevant, in-depth and accessible information about foraging and wild food in the U.K., but also how to pass that information on to others. The target audience for this foraging course includes, but is not limited to:
The course starts at 10:00am runs through until about 5:00pm and takes place in the woods, fields and along the riverbanks in the countryside north of Ruthin, Denbighshire (see map below).
Foraging and wild food has been a huge part of what Original Outdoors ‘does’ ever since we started the business.
We have been running foraging courses for over a decade, and our one-day public foraging courses are still by far our most popular public course.
During that time have worked with numerous television and radio productions on foraging shows and segments. We have also appeared in print and various articles talking about foraging and wild food many times – including pieces for The Telegraph, VICE Media, Daily Post and other outlets.
This course is part of the EST Framework of outdoor skills training courses offered by Original Outdoors. The dates listed here are for the limited number of public courses we run every year as part of the structured training of the EST Framework, but we can also run private versions of this course – or any of our advertised courses or services.
The Level One Inland Foraging Basics course is the first rung on a progression of structured wild food training courses that are not just an activity day on the edge of some parkland – these are real courses, run by experienced instructors from a variety of backgrounds. You can read more about this training progression on our professional-user site here.
13th October 2019
25th April 2020
28th June 2020
19th September 2020
The course takes place just north of the town of Ruthin in a mixture of private woodland, riverbanks, hedgerows, fields and waysides. The approximate meeting point is marked on the map below, but more detailed joining instructions will be sent out to you once you have booked onto the course, along with an equipment list and other information.
The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.
Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.
Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.
Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.
We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.
The process works like this:
As a Level 1 course on the EST Framework no previous experience is required, however please read the notes below about fitness. If you have previously attended our Foraging and Wild Foods course then some of the content is the same, but delivered in a different way with more of a focus on lifelong learning and developing skills in a structured way.
You will need to be fit enough to be on your feet all day and to move over slightly rough terrain for a couple of hours at a time. We will also be bending over to examine plants, moving over fallen trees and into the undergrowth and going where the footpaths aren’t. The aim of this course is to train you, not to test you too much or put you at unreasonable risk.
The vast majority of fit adults will be able to complete this course with no problem – but if you have any questions please get in touch directly.
All participants must be a minimum of 14yrs of age at the beginning of the course, and anyone under the age of 18yrs must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.
The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework was created by Original Outdoors to provide a structured training pathway for organisations, groups and individuals who work and visit remote places and hazardous outdoor environments. The L1 Inland Foraging Basics Course is part of this framework, and all participants on this course will be given the option to continue on this training stream – but if you just want to attend this course then that is absolutely fine.
Yes – all participants of this course will receive a certificate to show they have successfully completed the training day, and have the opportunity to progress onto further structured training to continue their personal and professional development.
Participants will need to provide some basic outdoor equipment for the course (including waterproof clothing) and wear appropriate footwear for the conditions. We also strongly recommend that participants bring a notepad, camera and other equipment useful for taking notes.
A full equipment list will be sent out once you have booked a place on the course.
We will provide basic food ingredients for lunch, alongside what we will forage. There are vegetarian and vegan options available, but you will need to inform us of this when we send you the joining instructions (we’ll remind you). No previous cooking experience is required though!
There will also be tea, coffee and hot and cold water available during the course.
Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.
Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.
Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.
The Inland Foraging Basics course is a Level 1 Course on the EST Framework. This means that participants in this course can continue onwards in a progression of structured courses using the skills learned on this course – if they wish.
There is no requirement for any previous experience or training before attending this course however, and it can be undertaken purely as a standalone course.
The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.
Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.
The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.
Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.
All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:
Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.
Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).
Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.
|EST L1||1||Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required. ||None|
|EST L2||2||Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.||None|
|EST L3||3||Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.||Assessment|
|EST L4||4||Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L5||5||Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L5A||5 (L3 Assessor)||Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L6||6||Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|
|EST L6A||6 (L5 Assessor)||Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|
|EST L7||7||Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|