Learning the art of bushcraft in the Dearne Valley

6 November 2018

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Dearne Valley are being given the opportunity to apply for funding to teach bushcraft skills.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) is providing bursaries for 20 people to complete a training course where they will learn how to deliver safe bushcraft skills to groups of young people.

The Bushcraft Leader Training course will be delivered by Oak Forest School, a Community Interest Company (CIC) based at Howell Wood Country Park in Doncaster. Oak Forest School provides forest school and bushcraft activities for children and young people in Yorkshire, with the aim of increasing the number of youngsters connecting with nature.

The training course will be accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning. It will cover friction fire lighting; building shelters; wild food preparation and outdoor cooking; tree and plant identification; identifying animals by the signs they leave behind; health and safety, and risk management.

Oak Forest School will run the course over five days in the 140-acre semi-ancient woodland to equip participants with the skills they need to manage their own bushcraft sessions safely. Participants will also complete 120 hours of self-guided learning, before taking a two-day practical assessment with a group of young people.

The course is equivalent to an NVQ Level 2 qualification and will be delivered Monday to Friday and over three weekends to give flexibility to a range of participants.

A series of open days where people can find more about the course will take place at Howell Wood from 10am-3pm on Saturday 10 and Monday 12 November. The venue will be signposted from the car park at Howell Wood.

Sally Gawthorpe, community officer at the DVLP, said: “We are really pleased to support this project through our grant scheme and to be working with Oak Forest School who share our passion for connecting people to nature and encouraging everyone to get outdoors.

“The course provides a unique opportunity to learn new wilderness survival skills in the beautiful surroundings of Howell Wood. The bushcraft course will be delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment for anyone who wants to set themselves a personal challenge or just do something a bit different. You never know, you could be the next Bear Grylls!”

For more information about Bushcraft Leader Training at Howell Wood please contact Melv Mills on 07764 869374 or email contactus@oakforestschool.co.uk

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is a five-year scheme running until June 2019, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information on the DVLP, visit: www.discoverdearne.org.uk

Notes to editor

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership

The lead partner of the The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is Barnsley Council with a partnership that includes Rotherham and Doncaster Councils, the RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Garganey Trust and others. The DVLP is part of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Services and is based at Elsecar Heritage Centre. www.discoverdearne.org.uk

Oak Forest School

Oak Forest School is a small, local Community Interest Company (CIC) which provides forest school and bushcraft activities for children and young people in Yorkshire. Established in 2011 as a not-for-profit organisation, it works regularly with over 1,500 individual young people over the course of a school year - 10 primary, junior and secondary schools including a specialist autism unit, guides, scouts, army cadet forces, community groups and provision for Local Authorities. It also delivers activities for adults including inset-day training and team building sessions.

Oak Forest School provides a personalised experience that challenges, energises and enthuses children with a love of the outdoors and aims to increase the number of young people connecting with nature. http://oakforestschool.co.uk

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

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