Heritage Skills: Rusland 'A la Carte'

Spend the afternoon with Sue Thurley discovering the wild food secrets of the Rusland valley with an afternoon foraging and tasting herbs, spices and edible plants that can be found in the woods, fields and hedgerows. You’ll learn how to become a responsible forager and will gain the skills to identify wild foods, their nutrition, folklore and benefits to other wildlife. Later in the afternoon we’ll return to Finsthwaite village hall for more tastings and to look at recipe ideas. Then we’ll create a delicious wild food tapas supper using the afternoons' foraged bounty, locally farmed meat and store cupboard staples.

Course fee: £15 (There are no course fees if you are unemployed or in full time education; proof is required - see Terms and Conditions in event description).

Materials cost: £10 for materials should be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Meal breaks: We will be cooking tapas but do bring food for yourself as well. Tea and coffee provided.

What to wear: Bring warm, waterproof clothes and stout boots.

Location: Finsthwaite Village Hall. LA12 8BP


It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions.


Terms and Conditions

Course Fees - Concessions

Courses are free if you are unemployed or are in full time education. These discounts relate to course fees only, materials costs still apply. Money for materials should be brought to the course and given to the trainer directly on the day.

Applying for the Unemployment or Student Discount

If you want to apply for the unemployment, or student discount, please send us proof of your eligibility within seven days of your booking a course. You can send this to us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.co.uk or send via post to:

Sharon Callaghan, Rusland Horizons, LDNPA Southern Office, Saunderpot, Haverthwaite, LA12 8AB,

If you have not supplied proof within the required seven days, you will be charged the full amount for the course.

We can accept copies of the following documents:

Job Seekers

Proof that you are receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Letter on headed paper from your JobCentre Plus confirming your status


Student Card
Certificate of student status provided by your university, college or school.
Letter on headed paper signed by your tutor, head tutor, dead of department or University / College administration staff member.


In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend.

We are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.