The Plants that inspired Tolkien

This lovely walk set in the heart of Lancashire is a great way to encounter some of the plants that inspired Tolkien in his legendary works whilst he taught in the area; we will walk some of the areas he will have seen and flora he encountered too.


Many of the species in his books were based upon real plants, some are named are as they are today, others were fictionalised and on our walk we will discover the facts and fictions of around 25-30 of these plants. 


Where possible we will get hands on with the plants, trying some of the edible species and learning how to identify some of the more poisonous species. We will discover their uses and how they would have inspired the writer as well as where they crop up in his works. From the river edge, to woodland, arable fields and more this is the perfect event for fans of both Tolkien and Foraging.


Our courses are limited to 14 people as this number allows for a good atmosphere and allows David to get to know what each persons knowledge base is and cater to their needs, whether you are a complete novice to foraging or slightly more experienced we can offer everyone a truly great experience.

The Plants that inspired Tolkien

  • Price - £35pp 


    Duration - 10am - 3pm


    Dates (2019) - Sunday 16th June


    Tour Guide -  David Winnard


    Location - Near Hurst Green, Lancashire, Exact details given when booked on.


    What to bring - A good pair of walking boots is advisable, a packed lunch and drinks. Clothing to suit the weather of the day. Many people find it helpful to bring a notebook or camera to make notes of all the plants we see.

  • In the event that Discover the Wild has to cancel an event due to extreme weather a full refund will be given. A full refund will also be given if the event for any reason has to be cancelled by Discover the Wild. If you decide you can not make the event then you can be moved on to another event date, but a refund will only be given if Discover the Wild can fill your spaces on the event.