Following the wonderful success of last year’s UK Fungus Day event in Bristol, Forever Fungi are putting on another marvel-filled mushroom day, with even more packed in! The day is aimed at all ages and is open to anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of fungi. The day will be educational, fun packed and enlightening, and it’s FREE!
There will be kid’s activities, storytelling from the wealth of fungi folklore, performances, forays to find urban mushrooms around the amazing Arnos Vale Cemetery, cultivation workshops for growing your own, weird and wonderful fungi artefacts, projections, a chance to try and buy unusual cultivated fungi, and much more!
This year there is an incredible line-up of guest speakers sharing their knowledge and insights from their work and research relating to fungal conservation, ecology and applications.
Fungi play fundamental roles in our ecosystems and lives; forming the resource networks that provide nutrients for plants, recycling dead organic matter into soils that can then support new life, and providing resources for our food, medicines, agriculture and industry, to name just a few of the incredible and essential things that they do. Perhaps most importantly for us right now, they offer a toolkit to remediate some of the damage we have caused to our environment, a way to create local food from our waste, store carbon in soils, and to accelerate the regeneration of habitats and damaged farmland. But Fungi are much more than this, they are beautiful and fascinating organisms that can teach us about the hidden connections that permeate all life.
Come and join us in the celebration of all things fungal and find out for yourself why these are some of the coolest organisms on Earth!
Current contributors include:
Prof. Lynne Boddy – Fungal communities and interactions in dead wood
Dr. Martin Bidartondo – Fungi and plants working together in a changing world
Prof. Patricia E.J. Wiltshire – The recent role of mycology in forensic science
Attila Fodi – Medicinal Mushrooms in a nutshell
Kat Lyons – Ethnomycology and storytelling
Lee Davies – RGB Kew’s Fungarium
Rich Wright – Forever Fungi, conservation and cultivation
Justin Smith Foundation – Second hand books and learning support
Upcycled Mushrooms – Cultivation Displays
Mushroom Growers UK – Cultivation displays and the online community
Emma Williams – Coal Spoil Fungi
Scarlet Maguire – Plant pathogens
Bristol City Mycology – How to get involved locally
Jeff Ive – Mycomaterials
Boundary Way Project – Creative responses to Fungi
Sarah Watkinson – Mycologist and poet
A full line-up and how to book for a place at the free talks will be coming soon.
Forever Fungi are looking for volunteers to help them run the event on the day. If you’d like a free meal and a guaranteed seat at a talk of your choice, please get in touch by sending a message through their home page: www.facebook.com/foreverfungi/
There’ is limited parking on site (except for contributors), but the site is on good public transport routes and is easy to reach by foot or bicycle from the city centre.
An extra special thank you to the British Ecological Society for funding the event this year.