Get Started with Urban Foraging in Manchester: Find Wild Food & Explore the City

If you’ve ever wanted to pick your own fresh veg straight from the ground, Urban Foraging are holding a string of events throughout the year to help you reconnect with nature.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 25 January 2022

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It’s safe to say that the vegetable is in its prime during January. People are buying leafy greens and rainbow food in bulk after spending Christmas on an exclusive brie and Quality Street diet.

Veganuary is in full swing, too, which means restaurants are developing brand-new veg packed dishes and shoppers are panic buying celeriac and savoy cabbage thinking ‘how the eff do I cook this?!”.

If you’re wondering, though, winter is actually a great time of year in which to find a whole host of herbs, edible flowers, plants, mushrooms and loads more, and you can get involved and pick your own wild food at one of Urban Foraging’s events this month. 

If ​​you’re having a rethink your impact on the natural world or just a food-lover who wants to try new and unique flavours, you’ll want to get involved in this! 

Urban Foraging’s events aim to show you what delicious wild food grows in a typical UK suburbia and teach you how to forage for yourself.

The courses are designed to get you as involved as possible – this includes identifying, picking and tasting a range of wild plants that will be found on the day. There will also be loads of fresh food and drinks for you to get stuck into, too. 

The workshop starts with a short introduction outlining foraging tips, ethics, etiquette and law and then takes you on a circular walking route, where you’ll take in different growing environments around one of the beautiful locations.

You’ll then get a closer look at edible wild plants and any poisonous look alikes to be wary of by a professional forager with a focus on Winter species. What foraging event would be complete without eating?! You’ll get small tasters of wild food, drink and preserves, which may include syrups, salts, jams, soup and even freshly-picked items straight from the hedgerow!

If all of this sounds like your perfect January winter day out, you’re advised to bring walking boots, weather appropriate clothes, hand sanitizer and a bottle of water.

There are two events taking place this month, the first on the 27th January at The Carrs Park in Wilmslow and the second on the 30th of January at Chorlton Water Park. You can book both below!


Winter Foraging – Foraging Workshop & Walk

The Carrs Park, Wilmslow
Thursday 27th January

Book Carrs Park

Chorlton Water Park
Sunday 30th January

Book Chorlton Water Park