2019 Course Dates
17th-19th May 2019
16th-18th August 2019
£255.00 per person
The Level Two Inland Foraging Practitioner course from Original Outdoors is a 3-day professional-level foraging course run in the Clwydian Range AONB.
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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 9:00am on Day 1 and runs through until about 5:00pm on Day 3 and takes place in the woods, fields and along the riverbanks in the countryside north of Ruthin, Denbighshire.
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This is not an entry-level course, and as a Level 2 course on the EST Framework it is suggested that you have some basic experience of foraging in order to get the very most out of the course. Either the Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics course or our popular Foraging and Wild Foods course would be a good primer for this course.
There is no strict requirement for previous attendance on either of these courses however, and if you would like to know if this course is right for you then you can contact us here.
Sessions throughout the three days of the Level 2 Inland Foraging Practitioner Course will include:
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 Two Inland Foraging Practitioner course is the second 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.
The Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics Course can be found here.
You can read more about this training progression on our professional-user site here.
17th-19th May 2019
16th-18th August 2019
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 2 course on the EST Framework we recommend that participants have had some previous experience of the subject, however it is not strictly required.
Please read the notes below about fitness.
There is no accommodation included in the course, and all sessions finish at approximately 6 p.m. on Day 1 and Day 2. However we do allow some limited camping on-site during the course. This is not a campsite and the facilities are basic – water, cooking fire, composting toilet and some flat ground for tents, tarps or trees for hammocks. There will be staff on-site for each night. You will need to be self-sufficient if staying overnight, and be able to carry everything you need from your vehicle at the edge of the woodland.
There are also numerous accommodation options in the local are, from campsites to hotels and B and Bs that we can recommend once you have booked a place on the course.
There are no lessons or content-delivery during the evenings so you won’t miss anything by staying off-site.
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 L2 Inland Foraging Practitioner 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 on each day, 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.
If you are staying on-site (see above) then you will need breakfast and evening meals for yourself.
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 Practitioner course is a Level 2 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.
We recommend that participants have attended our Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics or Foraging and Wild Foods course prior to attending this course, however 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|