This weekend I went on a 1 day bushcraft course with Wild Spirit Bushcraft near Bridgend in Wales. My brother and I both had an activity voucher as a present one Christmas and finally got around to using them. For one reason or another we couldn’t really fit in a longer course (they also do 2, 3 and 4 day course) so had to be satisfied with just an introduction. But it was surprisingly good and gave me a real incentive to do more. I imagine its very satisfying to feel more self sufficient, more capable in different situations and just fun to be able to do some things a little bit wilder!
We learnt how to make fire. This is much easier using flints for a spark than friction from rubbing wood on wood – more practise required on that one!
We had an introduction to foraging for food. I discovered wild garlic – beautifully tasty, doesn’t make your breath smell and you can eat the WHOLE plant – how efficient is that? I think some may be going in my garden, when I eventually get one.
And we had some practice at building a basic shelter. This is unfinished, but not a bad job really. It needs some smaller branches woven into the larger one, and then apparently a layer of leaf mulch that needs to be about 1 foot thick in order to shed rain properly. A bit more work then!