RURAL COURSES

day course & lunch £150



COURSES TO BE OFFERED

SPORTS
Game Shooting
Clay Shooting
Air Rifle Shooting
Archery

 

WILD FOOD

Foraging
Crayfish Trapping
Stalking
Deer Management  


WOODLAND
Hedge Laying
Fence Making
Bush Crafts


LEISURE
Adventure Days
Horse Riding
Hawk Walks
Rambling


CULINARY
Game Cookery
Game Butchery
Brewery Tours

Wild Food Cookery
 
RURAL ARTS & CRAFTS
Wild Life Photography
Countryside Art Classes

Brick Making Workshops

THE POT KILN is set in Yattendon Estate's nine thousand acres of woods and farmland with its Hawkridge Wood just six hundred yards from our kitchen door. Our policy is to use natural and nutritious produce and avoid using mass produced food. Accordingly, our Rural Activity Courses will offer an opportunity to engage with natuure in a way that will help inform and highlight the nutritional benefits of eating wild food.



COURSE DIRECTORS

  1. Matthew Dorich
    Matthew Dorich
    Foraging & Wild Cookery
    Matthew runs courses for Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck group in Bray. Safety is the most important thing and Matthew presses home the rules to apply to make sure that wild mushroom foraging is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
  2. Dr Katja Lehmann
    Dr Katja Lehmann
    Enviromentlist
    Katja is an Environmental Biologist and former lecturer in Biology University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on riverine microbial communities and has expertise in hydrological/molecular fieldwork methods, laboratory methods and bioinformatics.
  3. Alastair Smellie
    Alastair Smellie
    Deer Stalking
    Alastair has a deep personal interest in the management, stewardship and sustainability of our local countryside. He is a founding partner of the neighbouring Downland Deer Reserves that designs, builds, stocks and creates semi-wild natural environments for a range of deer species.



DR LEHMANN COURSES

  1. Healthy Soil Happy Garden Healthy You
    Healthy Soil  Happy Garden  Healthy You
    This half-day workshop will teach you how to look after the soil in your garden. You will be introduced to different soil types, learn about organic matter content, nutrient-fixing plants and microbes, and natural soil-enhancers such as biochar. We will look at specific causes of soil degradation, nutrient- and bacterial loss.
  2. Historical Cooking Methods
    Historical Cooking Methods
    This workshop combines a short foraging trip into the woods of the Yattendon Estate with a cooking session at the Pot Kiln. We will give you a brief introduction to Mesolithic cooking methods, and then you will set to work, learning how to make a fire when there is none, followed by how to prepare your foraged food and then share what we have collected.
  3. Foraging Through the Seasons
    Foraging Through the Seasons
    Have you ever dreamt of a garden that has a huge variety of plants, produces food from spring to late autumn and requires very little work? This garden can be yours! Using principles developed by plant wizards such as Masanobu Fukuoka, Robert Hart and Martin Crawford we will explore how to create a self-sustaining edible garden that emulates a natural forest system.
  4. Foraging for Witches & Wizards
    Foraging for Witches & Wizards
    On this course, we will re-discover locally-growing plants that have cosmetic or household purposes, or remedial properties. Some of these, such as nettle, camomile, calendula or alchemilla are native, others, such as hamamelis, have been introduced but can now be found in many gardens or in the wild.
Yattendon Estate's Hawkridge Wood is home to Pheasant, Partridge, Rabbit, Roe, Fallow, Muntjac, Mushrooms and edible Leaves or Fruits. Located at the heart of the Estate gives the Pot Kiln exceptional access to a nutritious wild food larder of local game and seasonal foraging.