By Geoff Dann

It’s autumn and that means fungi time. As part of Transition Town Hastings’ “Sustainability-on-Sea” week, I will be hosting a free fungi walk in Alexandra Park (donations to Transition Town Hastings would be most welcome).

The free fungi walk is on Wednesday September 26th, from 11am until 12.30pm, starting and ending in the car park by Harmer’s pond (off Upper Park Road).

I’ll be particularly focusing on sustainability/ecology and on edible species, of which I have found plenty in the park over the years, including two that are very rare. One of these often grows right by the car park itself, and is a non-native species only recorded a handful of times in the UK. It’s called Almond Mushroom (Agaricus subrufescens) and is cultivated in some places both for food and as an (alleged) medicine.

I will have copies of my book, Edible Mushrooms: A Forager’s Guide to the Wild Fungi of Britain and Europe, for sale (paperback version, £20). Please be warned that I have no idea how many people are going to turn up, but with that caveat, maybe I will see you on the day.

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