Roots & Shoots: Foraging practices in Oxford and beyond

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Join us for an exciting evening of exploring the rich traditions of foraging in Oxford and beyond. Learn about the diverse plant life that can be found in your local area and how to harvest and use these nature’s treasures.

With three experienced foragers on the panel, each bringing a different perspective on foraging practices, this will be a unique opportunity to hear about foraging in Oxford as well as other places around the world.

Booking is essential. You can book your ticket via Eventbrite.

Please note the donation is optional; if you’d rather book a free ticket, you can do so by phoning the museum at 01865 252334, or visiting the Museum shop.


Speakers are:

Dot Tiwari has been learning about plant and foraging the seasons in Oxford in varying amounts for the past decade, and creating spaces to share skills around sustainably and safely foraging plants and fruit, and looking after trees through the project Abundance Oxford.

Ebony Gheorghe has an academic background in geology and environmental sciences, which naturally informed her love for wild resources, herbalism, and plants. She is an author and runs her own business, selling balms, hair oils, and foraging products. She also offers foraging workshops for children and adults.

Mai Thandiwe (Florence) is a local resident who has a law degree LLB (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University. She has substantial experience with foraging in Oxford as well as the village of Mazviwha in Zimbabwe.

The panel will be chaired by JC Niala, allotment historian who explores human-nature dynamics through writing and podcasts. Her latest essay ‘Old Boys and Hidden Women’ features in ‘This Allotment,’ releasing June 6, 2024. JC is a trustee of the Museum of Oxford Development Trust.

The event will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 at 5:30pm at the Museum of Oxford. A complimentary drink (a choice of wine, soft drink, tea or coffee) will be served on arrival.


Access requirements:

The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users, buggies and baby carriers. There is step-free, level entry access to the Town Hall is via the entrance closest to Carfax (to the left of the main steps as you face the Town Hall). Inside the Museum, Museum Makers is accessible via a platform lift and lift to the basement level. Accessible toilets are available in the Museum (close to Museum Makers) and in the Town Hall on the ground floor, before entering the Museum.

Please contact the Museum team if you’d like to talk to a member of staff about your access requirements. Further access information can be found on our website:

Photo consent:

Please be aware that photographs will be taken at this event for use in marketing. If you (or a member of your group) would prefer not to be photographed, please let a member of staff know during the event.

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