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Mushroom mania comes to Sherwood Pines

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Forest wildflife ranger Steve Palmer

The Forestry Commission is inviting nature fans to pull on their boots and join a fungi workshop in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone.

Rangers report that the fungi season is in rude health with plenty of varieties sprouting in the 3,000 acre Nottinghamshire woodland.

Now a special event is being staged to shed light on the mysterious organism on Sunday 3 October from 11am until 3.30pm led by expert, author and broadcaster Patrick Harding.

Patrick has been studying fungi for 30 years and he’s a man who really does know his onions!  Partial to a tasty mushroom supper, 70 different varieties have found their way into his frying pan.  But although fungi can be a gastronomic delight, most are not edible and indeed some are downright poisonous.  Patrick will be leading a walk through Sherwood Pines before returning to the forest classroom to tell folk how to identify fungi and recount the colourful folklore surrounding the subject.

Ranger Lindsey Brown said:

“Despite the fact that we only really seem to notice fungi in the Autumn, they perform a vital year round job recycling dead wood and leaves and helping some trees draw nutrients from the soil.  But correctly identifying them can be a real headache and this novice’s workshop is the perfect starting point to expand your knowledge.”

Booking is required on 01623 822447 and the cost is £16 per person, or £15 for children under 16. This event is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Refreshments will be provided.


Did you know? In olden days “Fly Agaric” - the familiar red and white toadstool of nursery rhythms - was chopped up in milk and used as a fly killer, whilst the “Razor strop” - a hard fungus - was used to sharpen razors and ground down to powder and sniffed as a “poor man’s snuff”.

Ramblers should never pick and eat fungi unless it has been positively identified as harmless.   Fungi also play a key role in the forest and should be picked sparingly and for personal consumption only.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.