Very excited as our walking with trees course has expanded. We are now running single day tree ID courses for the Mountain Training Association. The single day is now available as CPD accredited course. We will be running the first one next month, we have a limited number of places per course and there is still is space on this first course. The first course will look at identifying trees from the winter bud, it will also look at tree physiology, folklore and uses. Future days will look at trees in leaf and identification of coniferous trees.
A hastily arranged 2 days skills course for 3 clients is a great success. The weather was calm and dry giving ideal conditions to be out in the woods learning some key wilderness skills. The clients jumped in with enthusiasm and so many great questions. Out came axes and knives, for the safe use of sharp tools, including sharpening demos. An in depth look at fire ignition followed by how to ensure your fire lights and how to manage the fire. there was a good shelter session where they built a great shelter which was used that night and a session on knots with tarps being put up. There was time to chat about trees, water, some great fungi finds and good food around the fire. A great weekend.
We are here to inspire getting out into the wild, to teach the skills and create the best time for you in the woods. get in touch and get your day or days booked. Contact us here
We have a course running this weekend. It is 2 days with the aim of teaching you some great skills.
This course is a last minute booking for some clients and there is space for you to join in.
The sole purpose is to get you confidant with sharp tools, fire, water and shelter. There will also be an intro into navigation. Limited places which will allow me time to ensure you are learning the skills.
Join us and get excited about wilderness living skills. Contact me now here
I am always stopping to admire trees. When the leaves are gone you get to see the the shape and size of the tree. This one is on the Quantock hills, a very old tree. But what tree is it? It is an amazing sight and knowing what tree species it is enhances that moment, it becomes a fuller picture. Will this tree provide anything edible, is it toxic, how does it burn on a fire, what parts of the tree are useful, what did it mean to our ancestors? On our tree identification course we aim to enable you to identify the trees you see and know something of their part in our history. Check out the course here, limited places so don't hesitate.
I am always stopping to admire trees, when the leaves are gone you get to see the the shape and size of the tree. This one is on the Quantock hills a very old tree but what tree is it. It is an amazing sight but knowing what tree species it is enhances that moment, it becomes a fuller picture. Will this tree provide anything edible, is it toxic, how does it burn on a fire, what parts of the tree are useful, what did it mean to our ancestors. On our tree identification course we aim to enable you to identify the trees you see and know something of their part in our history. check out the course here, limited places so don't hesitate.
EDIBLE DEAD-ABLE MEDICAL, Is an introduction to woodland wild plant's. A single day learning how to identify wild plants with practical sessions using the plants identified. It will focus on a limited number of plants to ensure you get to grips with them. The dates will be released in the new year starting in March and running through to May. see the web page for more details.
It has been a privilege to spend time with these guys this year. Teaching them tree identification, how to use sharp tools safely, and numerous craft projects. Our last day was spent extracting oil from birch bark and making Atal atals. We will miss this group, they came with a hunger to learn, a sense of fun and great enthusiasm. All the ingredients for great days in the woods. Now we look forward to the next group who want to discover more about trees.
Walking with trees 2021 is set to begin in January next year.
This 6 days course over 5 months will enable you to identify trees in their winter and summer states. We teach you how to use sharp tools safely so you can have a go at various craft skills used by our ancestors. Check out the web page here
After a long break due to the lock down it was great to restart our tree identification course. Everyone was very keen and excited to back in the woods learning about the trees. We started with revision (test) on the coniferous trees we looked at last time, then explored trees in leaf with a gentle walk finding the differing species. After lunch practical uses, we made artist charcoal and took Sweet chestnut bark, processed it and got weaving.
Walking with trees is a great way to discover more about trees. Learn how to identify them, discover their place in our history and how we once used them. The course will run again next year check out the details on the web site. Get yourself booked on to this unique course.
With the restrictions being lifted we are looking forward to resuming our bush craft courses.
We are able to create an amazing experience in the woods for you. We can teach you about wilderness living skills, plants and there uses, how to identify the tress around us, archery, team building, safe use of sharp tools, so much to do so little time. While you enjoy learning with us we know you will begin to re engage with nature and feel the benefit of just being out in the wild places.
Get in touch and let us create a special experience for you.
We are very excited to be able to run this great course again next year.
Dates are on the web page so have a look, and if you want to learn how to identify the trees around you, sign up. Places are limited.
Trees play a huge part in our lives. In the past we were much more connected to them, as we made use of them for our everyday life, for shelter, food, medicine, tools, baskets, fire and countless other uses. Today we are more aware of the benefit of trees to our environment as they capture carbon, and help with flood prevention.
We hope through this course to enable you to identify the trees you come across, learn their place in our history, engage in craft work using parts of the tree, but most of all we hope you will regain a sense of awe of these amazing living beings.
I hope you enjoy looking at these lovely woodland plants.
The plan was to run some plant days this spring but sadly we will have to wait. This is the best time of year to explore the spring plants found in our woodlands, hedges and wayside. So if you want to learn all about these plants keep an eye on the website, we may be able to run some later this year and we will definitely run several days next year, starting sometime in late March early April. All these plants are worth knowing, some for eating, some to avoid, and some with medicinal qualities.
Edible, dead-able and medical.
I love watching spring slowly bring life from the greyness of winter. Some years it is early, some years we have to wait, but we know it will arrive. The wonder of new life, colour, warmth, sun, and a sense of good times to come.
We move forward with hope
Tree identification day 3, some revision of winter buds and introduction to coniferous trees. Then on to some craft skills, using axes safely, making spuds and wedges, making willow cordage and traditional fish hooks with western red Cedar wood and roots. It was very encouraging for me to see the clients confidently identifying samples and how to use that tree. They are even beginning to use correct botanical names, well done to you.
Day 2 of Walking with trees. Continuing to learn how to identify trees from their winter buds, tree shape, and bark. A great way to spend a day, looking at trees with good company. To balance the mental strain of learning we also get stuck into some practical uses of trees. Today its stripping Lime bark to process for cordage, set up Silver birch and Sycamore taps to collect sap, and learning to make cordage from Lime bark.
If you want to learn how to identify trees and discover how we can use trees then sign up for the next years course, see hear for details
Now is the time to marvel at trees. In the winter with no leaves to hide them you get to see the amazing structure of the tree.
Want to know more about trees then sign up for our tree course, Walking with trees. click here and find out more.
The first course is up and running, the next session this coming Saturday looking at 12 more species and learning about using the bark of Lime and Willow.
A great start to our new course. Hidden away in a beautiful ancient woodland we spent the day enjoying trees. With the leaves all gone we can see the the tree, it's massive form towering above us. Not only did we look at trees and discover who's who we got busy with Hazel, getting creative making pot hangers. Next month more trees, more crafty stuff and more fun in the beautiful woods.
You can sign up for the next one, details here
We are so excited about this course that starts this Saturday.
We have loved planning and creating what we think is an amazing 6 days engaging with trees.
Taking a very practical view on how to identify them in the winter and the summer. We will explore the story of the trees, look at some folklore and the way we used them. Each day has a practical element where you get to be creative and learn some new skills working with various parts of the tree. Being in the woods makes us feel better, its good for our health. Just imagine how great it will be to not just enjoy the woods but to know what you are looking at.
Only 5 days left to sign up, its not to late details here
We are looking forward to an exciting 2020.
We are planning more days in the woods teaching bush craft and looking forward to meeting lots of amazing people who want to learn about wilderness living.
Get in touch and let us create for you the best day ever in the woods, or an overnight. Learn some important skills, enjoy the peace of the woods, and have fun.
Looking for that last minute present? how about a day with us in the woods learning or improving your wilderness living skills. We still have places on our Walking with trees course a great introduction to the world of trees. have a look at the site and see what we can do for you in 2020.
BLACKMORE BY CANDLELIGHT SUNDAY 24TH CANNINGTON
Over 50 stalls, music, good food, and US.
We will be there with our great display of bush craft stuff.
Come along and meet us and find out what we do.
Creating great experiences in the woods, from children's parties to corporate team days.
Amazing Christmas present.
Why not buy a voucher for a course with us out in the woods.
We offer a range of great days out in the woods, come and learn;
discover amazing plants,
explore the world of trees,
We cater for all ages,
Book your place on this very practical course, where you can re connect with trees. Learn to identify a tree in its winter and summer state, discover its history and place in the human story, and learn some great craft skills.
On a recent bush craft day we walked in the woods to find a suitably tree species from which to produce charcoal for an artist. We then prepared the Willow and sealed it up in the fire to make charcoal. Only one thing to do, create some art.
This course will inspire you and make every walk in the country side one of discovery as you identify the trees you pass, reminding you its folklore how we used it, re connecting you with trees and nature.
Walking with trees, tree identification course book here
Wonderful old beech trees marking an ancient boundary on the Quantock hills.
Starting this coming January a great chance to learn how to identify trees in both summer and winter states and much more. Learn how to use sharp tools to safely create amazing craft items. Learn some of the folklore of our native trees and how we have used trees. Meet other like minded folks and enjoy this chance to re connect with trees. Limited places so get in touch ASAP.
For more details check the page here
The best days are spent in the woods. Great to welcome back folks for another day with us learning some wilderness living skills.
A new course, starting January 2020.
We are very excited about this course, it's a great opportunity to learn more about trees. We will teach identification of trees in winter and summer states and how we can use trees with hands on craft projects.
WALKING WITH TREES
6 separate days over 5 months
re connecting with trees
Check out the course details here
Limited places on this course
BUSHCRAFT COURSES IN SOMERSET, Bristol and DEVON
We love the great outdoors and are continually learning more about how amazing our wild world is.
We are also discovering that being out in woods, up in the hills or paddling down a river is such a benefit to our innermost being.
It does us good.
So how can we help you?
We run all sorts of days where you can learn how to be at home in wild places, how to engage with our world with minimum impact.
From children's birthday parties, to a fun day out with partners and friends. Staff training to team experience days.
Stag and hen events. From an introduction to bushcraft to taking it further.
Whatever it is you are thinking about we will endeavour to make it happen for you, or find the person who can.
Talk to us about what it is you want to learn.