Venue: Howth Castle Cookery School, Howth, Co. Dublin     Date: POSTPONED – New date TBA soon

basket of wild berries

Wild leaves, flowers, berries, seeds, roots and seaweeds have been used for food and healing by all cultures for thousands of years. Our hedgerows, fields, parks, urban areas and coastlines are abundant with useful wild plants.

Unfortunately, the value of these plants is unappreciated by many, because the knowledge of how to identify and use them has been lost. Foraging is a valuable life skill. I would like to share my own knowledge and appreciation of nature’s bounty with you.

Howth Castle entrance

Join me at Howth Castle, in Dublin for a full day foraging experience. An educational, informative and fun foraging session will be followed by a delicious wild food lunch. In the afternoon we will have a practical wild food cookery class where you will make your own unique foraged preserves to bring home and share with family and friends.

After coffee and pastries, we will spend the morning exploring the castle grounds and learning about the native Irish seasonal plants and herbs that we find there with plenty of tips on using them to create tasty and nutritious wild food dishes. We will focus mainly on the culinary uses of the plants but we will also cover some basic information about their medicinal uses and interesting folklore.

Plant identification, safe foraging and sustainability is an important element of this workshop. You will learn about the Forager’s Code, that encourages safe, respectful and responsible foraging. Safety is key, so the focus will be on giving you the knowledge that will allow you to continue to forage on your own with confidence.

foraged wild berries

Some of the plants we will cover include:

  • Blackberries
  • Elderberries
  • Nettles
  • Dandelions
  • Cleavers
  • Meadowsweet
  • Clover
  • Watercress
  • Yarrow
  • Plantain

Wild berries are in season and we will harvest some to use in our afternoon cooking and preserving session.

wild garlic pesto recipe

After our foraging session we will return to the castle for a delicious wild food lunch. We will spend the afternoon in the Howth Castle Cookery School that is located in the 18th century castle kitchen. We will have a hands on cookery class where we will make preserves with the ingredients that we have foraged. Depending on seasonality, we will include a wild herb pesto, a wild berry chutney and a wild berry liqueur.

Blackberries, gin, sugar, brambles

You will go home with your wild food preserves, a recipe leaflet and a wild plant identification eBook. You will also have the confidence and knowledge to continue to use your new skills to create your own unique wild food dishes, drinks and preserves.

A very useful life skill indeed!

Howth Castle


Venue: Howth Castle Cookery School, Howth, Co. Dublin

Date: POSTPONED – New date to be announced soon

Time: 10:00 to 16:00

Cost: €150.00 (Includes a wild food lunch, preserves that you will make during the class, a recipe leaflet and a native Irish wild plant photo identification eBook)


Basket of Wild Herbs

Enquiries: Contact Denise on 087 2758896 or email denise@theherbschool.ie

Future Dates: More dates may be added depending on demand.


Personalised Events: Private events can be arranged for your group (in a location that suits you) and they can be tailored to suit your specific area of interest.

Group Bookings: Group bookings are welcome. Contact me to discuss your requirements.

Contact: Denise on 087 2758896 or email denise@theherbschool.ie