Bushcraft Workshop



Date: Tuesday 26th May 2015 Time: 10.30am – 4pm Price per person: £85


Join Bushcraft Instructor, Greg Power for a day of bushcraft activities that will focus on the four areas of shelter, fire, water and foraging in the grounds of Clavelshay Barn.

During the workshop you will:

• Have a full and comprehensive safety brief • Learn safe cutting techniques • Learn various techniques for lighting a fire • Learn which plants and trees aid you in creating fire by friction • Learn about shelters • Learn how to prepare wild water for safe consumption • Learn how to prepare fish or game ready for lunch • Understand the law and learn the lore that surrounds our countryside • Learn about the edible plants that are available and how you can prepare them safely ready to eat • Learn about nature’s medicine cabinet and how it can help treat injuries • Understand the history behind the plants and trees • Have a final question and answer session to recap on your newly acquired skills

Here is a tiny taster of the course content. Greg has the answers for you.

• What is a crampball? • Why does a hammock need a wick • What tree must you never, ever, ever camp under • What is the most practical water purifying technique?

This bushcraft workshop has been designed to spark your interest in the glorious British countryside. It will give a taster in to how you can explore it further and do so comfortably. All the necessary tools and materials will be provided, however if you would like to bring a camera or notepad please do so. There are no pre-requisite skills required for this course; however comfortable walking boots and appropriate clothing for the weather are a must.

Lashings of tea and coffee and a bushcraft lunch of game or fish, cooked over an open fire are included in the workshop. Please advise of any special dietary needs when booking.

A kit list, nutritional/medical needs form and directions will be provided once the course is booked.


Greg Power has been teaching bushcraft for well over ten years. Greg grew up in a small Somerset village and has been fascinated with the British countryside ever since he can remember. Time in the British Army allowed him to see many different countries and this simply confirmed his belief that our country holds the best wild areas in the world with a huge catalogue of flora and fauna to delve into. Greg also does wood-turning using British hard woods and creates beautiful crafted items including bowls, boards and salad hands available on www.handmadeinblighty.com



Grasp the nettle and go foraging!


Mother Nature has a way of protecting her best bounty, according to Greg – my guide to what to eat from the abundant Somerset hedgerows. I am on a Clavelshay Barn foraging course strolling along a track on the farm and I tend to agree, having been snagged many a time on thorns trying to reach a particularly plump blackberry.


But Greg is talking about stinging nettles, which don’t have too many friends outside the neighbouring county of Dorset where they hold the World stinging nettle eating championships.Greg thinks the nettle is much maligned as it has so many uses. It can revive other ailing plants, make fine wine, tea and soups and, believe it or not, is used as an ingredient in wine gums! Greg also has a knack for pulling one up and stripping it for use as string without getting stung. Handy if you are out in the woods and ‘making do’.

Greg is a mine of such information as a qualified Bushcraft instructor but his knowledge is wide-ranging from historical and mythological to horticultural and medicinal. Before long he has his audience of excited foragers literally eating out of his hands. The mix of fresh air, new learning and a deeper appreciation of the world on our doorstep is a heady one.


We haven’t left Sue’s lovely garden before he is inviting us to taste Rowan berries, consider the copper beech, smell the pineapple weed, imagine goosegrass boiled up like spinach and think of mug wort as a fly deterrent.


By the time we head back to the impromptu camp he has made in the woods complete with roaring camp fire and a rabbit ready for a stew, I have recorded almost 30 species of tree and plant, each with a use I hadn’t thought about before.

It has been a wonderful way to make the familiar suddenly unfamiliar and remarkable and made me look at Mother Nature with renewed awe and respect., not to mention a healthy appetite.

Written by Vicky Banham