Bushcraft

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first adult programme, held in the grounds of the stunning Godinton House in Ashford 

Delivered by Paul and Lorna, this 6-part programme covers the fundamentals of survival; how to create shelter, how to make fire, learn about harvesting water and forage for essential calories and nutrients.

In addition, we also share our knowledge of some of the treasures of British flora and fauna, practical navigational skills, basic knifecraft, camp cooking and also give you the opportunity to try your hand at a few natural crafts.

The insight and knowledge shared with you over these sessions is designed for you to take away, enjoy and apply whether you intend to further pursue bushcraft as a hobby or interest, or simply like to spend time exploring glorious rural or remote landscapes. Sessions are friendly and informal and the backdrop of the Godinton Estate only serves to further enhance your experience, giving a sense of feeling firmly rooted within the stunning landscapes and a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We hope that these sessions will encourage all to appreciate the abundance of food, resources and joys nature provides to us as well as understandthe limits, implications and impacts of our interaction with the natural world. We aim to ensure each of our sessions serve all parties – allowing us to share the knowledge to gather what we

need from nature but with a deep understanding that we must strike a balance with our provider, taking only what we need and nurturing Mother Nature for tomorrow.

Who can attend?

The first 5 sessions are open to participants aged 16 and over only. The final session is a family day where those who have already attended at least one session are able to book on and bring family members (up to a max of 5 in total)

Timings

Starting on 6th April, we have set the delivery dates to every fortnight, over 12 weeks (so a 6 x session programme). Each session will be approx. 3 hours long – with a 9.30am start, finishing by about 12.30pm. The final session is a 2 hour bookable slot and we would aim to deliver these between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

How many are on the course?

We have set limited spaces for these sessions in order that we can provide the very best session with enough time for every particpant. As both Paul and Lorna will be delivering in the session, we antipate a maximum of 6-8 in the group.

Session Schedule

6th April

Fire and Campfire Cooking

The principles of fire making. How to make fire including how to identify, choose and process the necessary natural materials, ways to start a fire, fire efficiency & safety as well as understanding the Countryside Code and the basics of campfire cooking. We will make damper bread and pan fry some nettles

20th April

Shelter Building

We will look at why we need shelter and how to protect ourselves from the elements.

 We will cover considerations when planning a shelter including key points of how to make a safe, natural shelter.

We will also erect a shelter using manmade basha sheets and learn about the essential knots and how to make wooden ground pegs.

4th May

Foraging and Navigation

Traveling across the Godinton Parklands, we will learn how to navigate using natural methods and learn about the hedgerows and grassland feasts, harvesting some delicacies and then heading back to camp to make hedgerow tisanes and cook up a treat such as Chickweed Pakoras, Hogweed Tempura and Chestnut Florentines or pancakes with rosehip or hawthorn syrup

18th May

Water Harvesting

One of the most crucial elements to survival, we will share our knowledge of how to harvest water, how to treat and filter water and look at some of the more modern practices (the pro’s and the pitfalls) of treating water to make it safe to drink.

1st June

Camp Craft

In our final adult session, we will be offering an array of activities for participants to choose from; making a para-cord/soft cord bracelet, whittling a butter-knife, making a campfire pot-holder and making nettle twine

15th June

Family and Friends session

This final session is about letting anyone who has attended any of the previous sessions book on with family and friends to show off their new-found skills!

A maximum of 5 per party (min 2 people) can come along to enjoy the campfire and watch their loved ones practising and developing their bushcraft for a minimum of 2 hours.

We will provide the ingredients for attendees to cook their own breakfast (English) or lunch (campfire calzone). If they wish they are welcome to bring their own food.

Tea and coffee will be provided along with some simple woodland/nature-based activities for children (approx. age suitability 2-10)

Pricing

The cost of these sessions is £30 per session per person. The final session is charged at £20 per person. Prices for children aged 12-16 is £5 per hour and under 12’s are at a flat rate of £5. If you would like to book on to all sessions, we can offer a 10% discounted rate.

These prices include all tools and materials as well as a well-deserved cuppa or two!

To book your space or to find out more you can get in touch here 

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