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Foraging walk: plant storytelling and foraging with Maymana Arefin (aka. fungi. futures)

Saturday, July 16, 2022
Wanstead Flats, Capel Rd, London E11 2LT (exact meeting point to be released on registration)

Take a ramble through Wanstead Flats in this introduction to all things foraging and plant storytelling with community gardener, artist, and writer Maymana Arefin. 

After an initial grounding exercise, we’ll take a wander through the flats, collectively learning from and with each other about how to identify plants that we meet along the way and the medicinal purposes, history, and abundance of stories they hold. 

This walk will be mainly focused on identifying and learning about plants, rather than taking from the land. But, feel free to bring a jar or cloth bag etc. with you if you want to take some things away! 

Exact meeting point to be emailed over after you have purchased your ticket.


Tickets £7/£5 (concession rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers) 

More about Maymana Arefin 

Maymana Arefin (she/they) is a community gardener, multimedia artist and spoken word poet based in south London. Their work connects the mycelial threads between the mind/body, re-imagining an unjust world and the politics of hope. In 2020, Maymana founded @fungi.futures, a space to map radical alternative futures guided by their love for our fungal ancestors.  

Maymana was awarded the Best Dissertation Prize at UCL for her MSc research on how mycorrhizal networks can be used as a metaphor for mutual aid (available here). She is strongly committed to justice - in all of its forms - and believes that the starting point in order to realise this, is to prioritise care.