Success for Scotland's foraging festival as 2020 dates announced

Following the success of 2019’s event, dates have been announced for Scotland’s Foraging Fortnight, with organisers planning a new and expanded programme for 2020.

Published 9th Jan 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The LEADER-funded foraging festival aims to encourage people of all ages to become more aware of the benefits of wild plants, and this year’s programme will include guided foraging outings, talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations.

Events in the five participating regions will range from foraging your own pizza in the Forth Valley and Lomond area to seaweed foraging in Fife.

The Moray programme includes a foraging walk for wheelchair users, and there’s a Clyde Valley apple walk in Lanarkshire.

Orkney events will include insights into Norwegian edible seaweed harvesting and a foraging walk along the St Magnus Way.

A highlight of Forth Valley and Lomond events will be the Scottish Wild Food Festival on Cardross Estate on 9 May.

Other events across the regions will include papermaking from natural materials, wildflower identification workshops, and seashore and woodland outings.

Foraging Fortnight’s events manager, Wendy Barrie, says that the festival is about bringing foraging back into the Scottish seasonal calendar: “Foraging was until recent years an integral part of Scottish life, something for the whole family to enjoy. In other countries it’s still part of mainstream culture.

“The health benefits are particularly important. Going outdoors to reconnect with nature and the seasons is proven to improve both mental wellbeing and physical health.

“After a hugely successful festival in 2019, we are very much looking forward to Foraging Fortnight in 2020.”

When is it taking place?

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Picture: Foraging Fortnight

Foraging Fortnight takes place across the Scottish mainland regions in the spring, from 2-17 May, and in Orkney in the autumn, from 29 August to 13 September.

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The Orkney events will run 29th August – 13th September in collaboration with Orkney International Science Festival, providing with it a rich mix of talks, outings and activities.

Foraging Fortnight events will encourage adherence to Scotland’s Outdoor Access Code and organisers have put together foraging guidelines to ensure that those taking part are doing so in a safe and responsible way.

The full festival programme across the five regions will be announced in early March, with more information available here.

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