Wales Fungus Day 2018

  • Sunday 14 October 2018
  • 10am to 4pm
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Wales Fungus Day

October 14th promises to be a fung-tastic day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ 7th annual Wales Fungus Day. A venue that knows how to put the fun into fungi, visitors will find a mix of science, fun, art and magic here that will appeal to anyone curious about the strange but fascinating kingdom of fungi.  With a fab programme of talks and guided walks, visitors to Wales Fungus Day can pick up some handy basic identification techniques and find out what fungi you can eat – and what you really shouldn’t eat – and get tips about how to grow edible mushrooms on books, straw, logs and even old coffee beans.

There’ll be an array of trade and activity stalls in the Botanic Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse, including woodworkers, crafters, and mushroom activities for all – which shouldn’t take up too ‘mushroom’ in the world’s largest single-span glasshouse! Outdoors, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a great place to come and look for wild fungi, and you’ll find all types of mushroom-friendly habitat here – woods, fields, lawns and flower beds. There’s even a meadow that has an internationally important collection of multi-coloured waxcap fungi. People concerned about the ash dieback fungal disease that is killing many of our Welsh ash trees can also find out the research Botanic Garden is taking part in to understand this devastating threat.

Event organiser Bruce Langridge says “Our Wales Fungus Day has been such a hit that the concept has mushroomed into a UK Fungus Day event spread across over 80 venues in the UK. We know how important it is to make Fungus Day appeal to all ages and abilities, as this fascinating and mysterious lifeform is a crucial part of our ecosystem and yet very few people understand or appreciate its value. It’s our job as a national botanic garden to excite interest and to spread knowledge about the wonderful world of fungi.”

Younger visitors will love the fungi face painting, wooden toadstool making and fungi themed activities throughout the day. They’ll also have the chance to explore the fungi-rich Fairy Wood where they can look for signs of domestic fairy life and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village.  Ballet lovers will also enjoy fairy and fungi inspired performances by Llangain Youth Ballet and there’s free Garden entry to anyone dressed as a fairy or elf to this magical day!

If you’d like to brush up on your fungi knowledge before Wales Fungus Day, there’s a Getting to know your Garden Fungi course on Wednesday, October 10th, led by the Garden’s Head of Interpretation and originator of UK Fungus Day, Bruce Langridge.

The event includes:

  • Guided walks and talks about fungi in meadows, flower beds, lawns and woods
  • Tony’s Table– a cornucopia of fresh fungal fruiting bodies
  • Fungi and fairy-inspired ballet with Llangain Youth Ballet
  • Find out what fungi you can eat, and what you really shouldn’t eat
  • Smelly Fungus Zoo
  • Specialist walk to look at fungus causing ash dieback 
  • Look for signs of fairies deep within our fungi-rich Fairy Wood and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village
  • Displays of fungi-inspired textiles, art and illustrations
  • Lots of fungi and fairy-inspired family activities
  • Stalls selling fairy and fungi bits and bobs

Indoor Talk:

1 – 1.40pm in the Paxton Room, Principality House: Hunting for Hidden Gems – Tools and Tips for Keen Fungal Jungle Explorers with Pat O’Reilly

Guided Tours:

11amWoodland Fungi with Pat O’Reilly

12pm –  Garden Fungi with Emma Williams

2pm Waxcap Meadows with David Mitchel

3pm – Fungi and Ash Dieback with Matt Combes of Forest Research

All walks start from the western entrance of the Great Glasshouse.

Llangain Ballet Performances in Theatr Botanica

1.30-2pm

2.15-2.45pm

3-3.30pm

All ballet performances are free with entry but to help us to control numbers (last year’s performances were full), please collect a ticket for your preferred performance time from the foyer of the Theatr Botanica. 

Wales Fungus Day is part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.