Fabulous fungi around Emmetts garden and Toys Hill

Know your dusky puffball from your mealy bonnet? Ever heard of an elfin saddle? The mushroom kingdom is full of peculiar caps, quirky growths and bizarre names. Autumn at Emmetts Garden and the surrounding Toys Hill countryside is a great time to immerse yourself in it, with an abundance of fungi popping up all over.

Did you know...

  • Some fungi can release up to 2.7 million spores a day.
  • The marbling effect you see on antique wooden furniture is caused by fungi specimens within the tree trunk. It's called 'spalting'.
  • Many varieties of fungi are poisonous, so it’s best to simply photograph and avoid touching them.

Take a scroll through our fungi foray

Where to start looking

A few varieties of fungi pop up around the garden at Emmetts each year, such as the iconic fly agaric and the birch polypore. For the best displays though head out into the woodland where the undergrowth is moist and dark; perfect mushroom habitat.

Scords Woods is particularly good for a day of fungi spotting and can easily be reached from Emmetts Garden or Toys Hill.

Remember to check out dead tree stumps and branches along with decaying leaves and fruits on the ground to find the best varieties.

We've listed our favourite fungi walks for you below to help point you in the right direction. Download a walk today and get out exploring; why not share what you find with us on Facebook too?

Please leave our fungi where you find it

Fungi foraging can have a negative impact on the mushroom populations, in turn harming the organisms they support. The picking of fungi is therefore prohibited across Emmetts Garden, Toys Hill and the surrounding National Trust sites. This is in line with our wild food foraging position, which you can read more about here.