Most of our bushcraft courses are held in the warmer months, from March to October. So what do I do when not teaching clients to light fires, build shelters and generally have fun in the woods? Well the website always needs updating somewhere or other, we are taking bookings for our 2012 courses and of course we also run a variety of other training courses and weekends. But do we really hang up our firesteels and hatchets until Spring?

 Do we ‘eck!

 First of all, don’t let anybody tell you that bushcraft is a summer-only activity. The winter may be colder and wetter but the woods don’t bar you from entry just because the leaves have fallen from the trees.You might not feel confident to spend the night out during the winter, but you can still while away a Sunday sat by a small campfire in the pale winter sunshine (with the landowners permission, of course) listening to the sounds of robin and dunnock twittering and singing away in the background…

One of the most therapeutic things I find is to just take a walk (solo, with a friend or with the dog) through a wood on a quiet winters day. There is less in the way of undergrowth around so your chances of spotting some wildlife are slightly higher, you can find paths and tracks that disappear under brambles and nettles during summer and you can truly appreciate the shapes of trees. There is a birch in the woods where we run our bushcraft overnight courses that has a big, z-shaped kink in the trunk. We’ve walked past it hundreds of times and it wasn’t until last weekend that I spotted the strange growth pattern (a running squirrel does catch the eye!). From now on that tree is known as the ‘Zorro Tree’. Book a place on our Bushcraft Discovery course to see for yourself!

We are also using bushcraft skills and knowledge whilst working on the farm. The previous resident planted a huge amount of alder trees along the streams and behind one of the big sheds and these need thinning out to allow the healthier trees to thrive and find the light they need. We could just burn the 2-3m tall saplings, but why waste such useful timber? They are now being trimmed, woven together and turned into shelters to protect the newborn lambs from the wet Welsh March weather. Now that HAS to be better than plastic or metal littering the fields!

Get yourself out into the woods and see what they have to offer ‘out of season’…

The snow has finally arrived (in North Wales)...
2012 Bushcraft Courses in North Wales

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