Family Wild + Well: Summer Club

1 July – 23 August 2020

Various locations

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer

While gatherings are still not permitted, and staying at home is recommended where possible, it's really important to be getting outside, exercising and learning from nature where we can. This summer we're having to think differently about how we are going picking together, and how to do so at distance.

We’re calling all previous Summer Berry Pickers: If you would usually be joining us on one of our annual coach trips to Kent; or if you always come blackberry picking in Eastbrookend Country Park; we’d love to hear from you. We’ve also got some exciting announcements about our work with local young people and collaborations to keep us circulating locally grown goods, while keeping our distance….


This time of year we would usually be planning three coach trips to the fields of Kent to pick strawberries and cherries, to glean blackcurrants and to harvest hops together. The fruits and hops we pick together get used to make delicious sodas and cordials, which we share at community events or sell and reinvest into our public programme.
Additionally, we would also be inviting local residents to come foraging in Barking and Dagenham’s local parks, our favourite being the blackberry picking walk in late July/early August where we learn about the delicious things growing right on our doorsteps.
This summer we will again be heading outside for:

  • Berry Picking Trips to Maynards Farm, Ticehurst
  • Foraging Walks in local parks, at safe distance
  • Wild+Well Family Gardening Clubs in Barking Park
  • All in family groups [or bubbles*]


If you and your family would like to get back outdoors, and get your hands juicy picking ingredients for delicious local products, which will be re-circulated back into the community, you can sign up to our new FamiliesWild + Well Mailing List, where we will advertise these activities and coordinate according to the most up to date safety guidelines. If you’re interested in hearing more, please email Alice on alice@companydrinks.info.
If you’re interested in joining this mailing list, please click the link to contact Alice. *We will be organising all Wild + Well Picking Clubs in line with the latest guidelines on social distancing and we may need to ask you some questions about your living situation and address in order to ensure we aren’t putting anyone at risk. Please contact us if you have any questions.