About Us

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Formed in 2002, by Adrian Ogden, a professionally trained mycologist and organic mushroom farmer, the company has a wealth of experience on which to draw upon. Currently based in East Yorkshire, Gourmet Woodland Mushrooms offers a range of growing products and kits suitable for professionals and amateurs alike.

We are the largest producer of mushroom plug spawn in the U.K., with an international client list consisting of over 250 companies, higher education institutes, environmental charities, and thousands of individuals.

PHILOSOPHY

The company’s approach is unique: concentrating on native mushroom varieties over those from distant shores. This approach makes our mushroom species and strains very different. Unlike most other companies the majority of our mushroom species and strains originate directly from the wild. We search the woods and forests looking for choice edible species to isolate, or clone. This captures their essence so our customers experience mushrooms how they are meant to be. Gourmet Mushroom Growing with us gives you a true experience, which – we believe – you can’t get anywhere else.

Wild mushrooms have a much superior flavour and texture to the hybrids which are commonly offered by our competitors. Species which originate directly from the wild have a stronger resistance to competitor organisms, and experience has shown that they yield and perform better when using low-tech cultivation techniques.

QUALITY U.K. MADE PRODUCTS

All our gourmet mushroom growing products, kits, and mushroom species are rigorously researched and tested at our indoor and outdoor research sites. All mushroom spawn is produced using our own designed triple HEPA filtered spawn laboratory, and is reproduced from a culture bank of 30 plus productive and high yielding mushroom species. All products are delivered with a full warranty. Our Professional Mushroom Farming products are made individually to order, which guarantees peak viability at all times. Our instructions are designed to be practical and informative, making sure you get the most from your purchase. Technical support is FREE and always available via email.

DISPATCH AND DELIVERY

In stock items are dispatched within 48 hours of ordering. Products weighing under 1 kg are posted using Royal Mail 1st Class. Above 2 kg by Interlink Express overnight delivery service. Interlink Express supply all customers with a one hour delivery window, which is advised by SMS text and email. The delivery can also be tracked ‘live’ via their website. Gift boxed kits are delivered in plain postal packaging with no indication of the contents within.

ENVIRONMENT

Mushrooms are the most powerful recyclers the planet has to offer. They have the ability to turn forestry and agricultural waste into nutritious, healthy, food, plus a range of non-food products. The company harnesses the inherent biological power responsibly. We use natural materials only; no synthetic chemicals or genetic modification. The majority of our mushroom strains originate from wild specimens with a strong belief in natural selection over hybridisation.

We use as much recyclable packaging as possible. Boxes are made using recycled board, and the spawn bags are made using polypropelene (PP5 – which is recycled widely).  Our postal wallets are made from bio-degradeable material.

INNOVATION

In 2003 the company won a Department of Trade and Industry Smart Innovation Award. The award was given for the design of a special prototype container that prevents the mushrooms growing until activated by the purchaser.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

In partnership with the North York Moors National Park Sustainable Development Fund, we are undertook a research project which assessed the economic viability and also the wider social and ecological benefits of Woodland Mushroom Farming. Project Details:

14 trial farms over 8 separate sites
7 log sites with 700 logs
100 tree stumps
7 Morel charcoal sites totaling over 200 square feet
15 different species of gourmet mushrooms cultivated

WHY BUY FROM US?

Put simply, ‘More Mycelium for Your Money! Plus a few more reasons…

  • The dowels used in our plug spawn are larger than our competitors
  • In stock products dispatched within 48 hours to UK, Europe, and the rest of the world
  • Exclusive native species and strains
  • Tested, proven and high yielding mushroom species
  • Comprehensive instructions included with all kits and spawn
  • Commercial spawn is bespoke and made to order
  • Free advice and support via email

We believe we produce the finest Gourmet Mushroom Growing Products in the United Kingdom.