About Us

Peter Studzinski

Peter lives in Hampshire, close to the New Forest. He is passionate about the outdoors and nature and with a Polish father foraging and wild food were very much part of his upbringing. Peter spent 25 years working at Oxford and then Southampton University but always kept alive his interest in all things wild, more recently on his daily woodland walks with his two energetic labradors. Decideding to concentrate his efforts on foraging and giving up academia nearly a decade ago, he now finds himself very much in demand as a wild food advisor and supplier to some of the country’s top Michelin starred chefs.

Follow Peter at https://twitter.com/absolutelywild

Garry Eveleigh

Garry has been gathering wild food from The New Forest and the shores of the Solent since he was a lad.  A former fisherman, Gary has never lost his passion for finding delicious, fresh, free food and he continues to harvest the hedgerows for wild herbs and search the seashore for cockles and mussels, seabeet and samphire. Garry lives in The New Forest and has an intimate knowledge of this area where he has been mushroom hunting for over 30 years. He runs forays for some of the best hotels and restaurants in the county and has published 2 books on foraging and is working on his third.

Garry’s website is http://www.garryeveleigh.com

John Rensten

John is the author of a critically acclaimed foraging book, The Edible City : A Year of Wild Food. He lives in London and runs Forage London teaching wild food foraging in city parks and  mushroom hunting in Dorset and Hampshire. A former restauranteur and publican, John set up Forage London to give city dwellers a chance to enjoy and discover some of the amazing wild foods that grow all around them. John also runs courses for various cookery schools and mushroom hunting trips for The Coastal Survival School based in Devon, as well as writing a monthly blog on what to pick and where to find it.

John’s website is www.foragelondon.co.uk


  1. Hi, Do you do mushroom foraging courses in September? We have a family member due a birthday and she loves foraging for foods, we would be interested in taking a small group of under 15 round to forage as a great day out. Many thanks,


    • Hi Matt, sorry for late response, I didn’t realise I could get messages here, they usually go to my email….my mushroom events dont start til october this year but we could possibly arrange a private event but it would need to be on a weekday and in the new forest, if that’s of any use drop me an email via the contact page thanks john

  2. Hi Gary, I have been quite excited after watching ‘One Man and His Campervan’ and I am really hoping that you do Bushcraft/foraging courses. Can you give me info if you do. I am returning to the UK next year when my Uni degree is finished and very excited to see and do all the things I have been missing Many thanks Deborah Huntley

    • Hi Deborah, we really concentrate on foraging not bushcraft so if that’s what your after you might want to look at paul kirtleys frontier bushcraft site or frazer christians coastal survival school, all the best