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Why is foraging still so popular in the U.K?

Why is foraging still so popular in the U.K?

For a decade our foraging and wild foods courses are filled – but why?
My name is Richard Prideaux, and I am a forager.

It’s not much of a confession really – through Original Outdoors I have been leading foraging courses and walks for a decade or more, as well as working as a supplier of foraged plants from a local organic estate and working with chefs and restaurants to find new ways to use wild plants, fungi and lichens in dishes served to the most discerning of clients. It is safe to say that a large part of my working life outdoors has been linked to foraging and wild food, even if peripherally on our bushcraft courses. But none of that would have been possible if there hadn’t been such a demand for information and training in this ancient activity – so with shops and food suppliers all around us, why is there such a cultural draw towards edible plants and fungi?

I have two theories on this, and they require a little unpacking. They may also be complete cobblers, but allow me to explain… Continue reading

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Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Wild Food with 16 Hospitality Last year we teamed up with 16 Hospitality for their first external training course – a day of foraging and wild food cooking in the woods. For 2017 they wanted to push things forward a little and really challenge their

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VIDEO: Choosing an Air Rifle Scope

VIDEO: Choosing an Air Rifle Scope

Choosing an Air Rifle Scope Over the last 12 months or so we have made a couple of visits to Tonys Camo in Saltney to take advantage of his generosity and create some short videos on buying an air rifle, choosing an airgun caliber and how to

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Do I need to bother with bow drill?

Do I need to bother with bow drill?

Bow Drill Skills: Are they worth learning? One of the skills most associated with the world of ‘bushcraft’ is that of making fire by friction. The image that normally accompanies that description is somebody crouching over a contraption that looks like a fiddle crossed with a rolling

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Tracking Training and Awareness with North Wales Police

Tracking Training and Awareness with North Wales Police

Track and Sign Awareness with North Wales Police A training and skill-sharing session with the NWP Rural Crime Team A few months ago I was joined by police officers from the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team for a session on track and sign awareness and to

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How to save yourself – a tale of survival from a friend

How to save yourself – a tale of survival from a friend

How to save your own life A tale of everyday survival from a friend If you have attended one of our courses or engaged me in conversation about the idea of survival training or prepping for potential survival situations then you will probably remember my having some

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How to put together a first aid kit for the outdoors

How to put together a first aid kit for the outdoors

How to put together a first aid kit outdoors Wilderness personal medical kits How do you put a first aid kit together for the outdoors? Or a bushcraft first aid kit? Are first aid kits for mountain biking different to ones for kayaking? Carrying a first aid

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The Bushcraft Points System

The Bushcraft Points System
The Bushcraft Points System Making sure you don't fall foul of the internet police In this video, Kevin Field joins me for a brief explanation of what the internet Bushcraft Points System is, and how you can make sure that you maximise your points and avoid theRead more...

How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods Setting up tarps and living by firelight with Kevin Field In this short time lapse bushcraft instructor Kevin and I set up two DD Hammocks 3mx3m tarps, light a fire between and settle down for the night in a simple woodland

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Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s 5 Favourite Green Woodworking Books As part of my work with Original Outdoors, Richard asked me about the Green Woodwork books that I thought were worth recommending to everyone and which ones were my favourites. This lead me down a road of looking out many of

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How fast is the incoming tide?

How fast is the incoming tide?

How fast is the incoming tide? Don’t get caught out on a beach Last weekend we took the dogs for a walk at Talacre beach on the North Wales coast about 90 minutes before high tide. It’s a wide, sandy beach that shelves off into the edge

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VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

How to zero an airgun scope Setting the sights on your target Tony from Tony’s Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney comes back for this second video on the use of airguns. In the shooting range adjacent to his shop he shows me how he teaches people

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VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

How to choose an air rifle Buying your first airgun Tony Dobson from Tonys Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney kindly gave us some time to explain the basics of buying an air rifle in the UK. The video details the different types of air rifle commonly

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How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe! In another of our series of tutorial videos with green woodworker (and axe hoarder) Doug Don we look at his technique for sharpening axes, using inexpensive materials and a technique that can learned easily and done safely. It’s a longer video, but

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How to make a mallet!

How to make a mallet!

How to make a mallet! Green woodworker Doug Don from Heartwood Treen shows us how to make a useful camp tool in a few minutes using a green piece of wood, a saw and an axe. A mallet can be made quickly if you have the right

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How to make a spatula (flat spoon)

How to make a spatula (flat spoon)

How to make a spatula (flat spoon) In this video I spend some time in the woods with Doug Don learning how to split down and process a log into a useful kitchen implement. Even if you aren’t interested in making a spatula there is a lot

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Moments – Bow Drill Demonstration

Moments – Bow Drill Demonstration

A Bow Drill Demonstration Instructor Kevin goes through an honest demonstration of lighting a fire with a bow drill set (note the thick smoke and flames just visible in the last few frames) towards the end of a Woodcrafter course. Getting a valid ember (and eventually flame)

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VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to set up a tarp in the woods Simple rigging for a DD Hammocks tarp In a two part video I share how I set up my DD Hammocks 3m x 3m tarpaulin for wild camping and general camp use. It’s a quick, simple and

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Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016 we’ve been working witht he team of volunteers at the Brymbo Heritage Project near Wrexham for over 6 months on a few projects, but the one that has really inspired us has been the pilot of a new outdoor qualification

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Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the Guy With Rucksack (GWR) We’ve seen a troubling rise in online groups taking people into the mountains without training, experience or any of the necessary skills over the last couple of years. There is a term in commercial photography, particularly the type involving models –

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VIDEO: See How quickly a flash flood can happen

VIDEO: See How quickly a flash flood can happen

VIDEO: See how quickly a flash flood can rise This 2013 video from Utah Moto Trails shows firsthand how quickly a flash flood in a Utah canyon can rise: From their blog description: Normally the canyon is dry as there are very few areas for water to

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No.4 – Porth Llechog to Beaumaris

No.4  – Porth Llechog to Beaumaris

Microadventure No.4 Porth Llechog to Beaumaris It’s difficult to determine what constitutes a ‘microadventure’, particularly when your job involves wild camping, exploring mountains and rivers and enjoying trips into wet, muddy and remote places a few times a month at least. For me it is something out

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NAVEMBER 2015

NAVEMBER 2015

NAVEMBER 2015 Every year we run a month of navigation training courses in North Wales and the Lake District during November. The courses run from entry-level Basic Navigation Courses through to GPS and Natural Navigation courses. November Navigation Course Dates Basic Navigation Course (Grasmere, Lake District) 7th-8th

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Bear Grylls – a fiction too far?

Bear Grylls – a fiction too far?

Bear Grylls – a fiction too far? Somebody asked me a question yesterday – a question that comes up most weeks with clients, or when people find out what I do for a living: “What do you think of Bear Grylls? Hmmm. Tough one. I normally answer

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The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox There are four dates in the year that are important for the natural navigator, and anybody whop wants to live their lives in touch with the seasons – the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and autumn equinoxes. Due to a 23.5 degree

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VIDEO: Flash flood washes away hiker in Hawaii

VIDEO: Flash flood washes away hiker in Hawaii

Flash flood washes away hikers We don’t normally share videos other than our own, but this one so perfectly captures the phenomenon of a rapidly rising river that it is really worth watching. Most people have a general sense that rivers in spate (i.e. flowing at faster

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Charging Tech in the Outdoors

Charging Tech in the Outdoors

Charging Gadgets in the Great Outdoors For a lot of people technology and spending time in the great outdoors are uneasy bedfellows. For a lot of us one of the main reasons to head into the mountains or the woods or onto the water is to get

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015 We tend to work quite often same areas, and know them all very well indeed. However, given the nature of, well, nature itself, the familiar paths and trails we come to take for granted can all of a sudden change or

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How to use a map and compass

How to use a map and compass

How to use a map and compass I spend my days either teaching outdoor skills or guiding people in the great outdoors. It would take a lot for me to be convinced that I don’t have the Best Job In The World ™. I have been doing

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Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

For the last weekend in March we welcomed seven bushcrafters into our private 90-acre woodland near Ruthin, Denbighshire for a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course. This is the course that follows on from our Bushcraft Basics course but is suitable for complete novices also. We began with

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