Day courses last approximately 8hrs and include a foraged themed lunch cooked on a campfire. Each course introduces at least four key bushcraft subjects and will involve harvesting.
Being able to identify trees and having knowledge of their properties and uses is an important part of the bushcrafter's skill set. Knowing whether your firewood is toxic, how long it will burn for, does it split well, is it suitable for cordage, will it provide tinder, what fungi are associated, is it medicinal are just a few of the many questions we can ask when considering a species of tree to use.
On this one day course you will learn about Castanea sativa a.k.a. sweet chestnut which although non-native to the UK can be found in abundance due to it's history of being coppiced - a sustainable method of timber production. Being a non-toxic tree sweet chestnut is ideally suited for applications involving food such as cooking equipment/utensils and collecting/storing containers and is therefore of particular interest to those practising bushcraft and foraging. There's no point learning a single species in isolation so you will also be shown some of the other trees you are likely to confuse with sweet chestnut.
The day is split into four sessions with two 30 minute brew breaks and 1 hour for lunch.
All of our one day Foraged courses include a 3 course lunch showcasing wild foods.
When booking onto one of these courses make sure you inform us of any dietary requirements, food allergies, pregnancy etc. during the checkout process.
Hot water for drinks will be provided by way of a brewfire kettle. Foraged teas and cordials will also be provided.
What we do not provide is any caffeine, sugar or dairy but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you need to.