What is foraging?


Foraging is making use of nature's medicine chest

Many plants have beneficial properties that are supportive for a number of  physical conditions, and emotional issues, many of which may grow in your local area.  To find out more about this look out for dates of our organised forage walks.

Walks are £5.00 per person payable on the day (or £10.00 for a private walk).  Places are limited to 5 people per walk.  


What are the rules?

What are the rules?

What are the rules?

  • Always ensure you leave more of the plant than you are taking, and try and gather from more than one place.
  • Collect plants away from any pollutants and fertilizers. It is always better to collect away from busy roads or alongside a path, especially in dog walking areas.
  • Be careful not to damage surrounding plant life when collecting.
  • Permission should always be sought if foraging on private property.

For further information about foraging rules in Lancashire please visit: 

Lancashire Police website


Do animals forage?

What are the rules?

What are the rules?

You may have noticed your dog or cat eating grass or having a nibble at other plants or flowers in your garden, or while out on a walk in their surroundings.  They may just have a sniff or may even roll in them.  So the answer is yes, animals do forage and may seek out plants and flowers for a range of reasons.  This may be to take in some of the natural constituents of the plant, or it may help them purge something from their gut; but ultimately is done to maintain their health and well being. 

Horses browse on a range of plants, shrubs and trees to support and maintain their health and well being that are available in and alongside their fields.  If you are safely able to do so, why not take your horse for a browse outside their normal feeding area to access a range of beneficial plants, shrubs and trees they may not normally have access to. 


Forage walks

What are the rules?

Forage walks

Why not join us on one of our organised forage walks to identify plants that are available in your environment which could benefit your animals.  We will also give suggestions on alternative ways these plants could be offered.

You can bring your dog along on the walk.  If you have a reactive dog we can accommodate you on a private forage walk where you and your dog will feel comfortable.

Have a quick look at the benefits of some plants you could find in your area on our featured page 

Video of a dog foraging grasses while out on a walk

A study analysing wolf scat revealed their diet contained 8% grasses and berries. It is sometimes thought grasses are consumed to prevent parasites, but David Mech  (an American wolf expert) feels it may be consumed for the vitamin content.  A short study by Dogs First seems to support this,  with only 1 in 10 of the dogs that regularly selected grass being diagnosed with worms.