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Igloo or Quinzee?

Igloo or Quinzee?

By Sam Haywood. As I write this many people are saying goodbye to the remnants of snow which has blanketed much of the UK over the last week or two. For us it is only now visible coating the tops of the tallest hills. While snow is understandably a nuisance to many...

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Sharing your space with nature

Sharing your space with nature

By Nicky Hedgecock The drive to be out in the garden isn’t always as strong this time of year, when you look out of the window at the, often, gloomy weather. Once you are out there, however, digging, sweeping, composting and pruning, you soon warm up and appreciate...

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Collecting natural tinders for firelighting

Collecting natural tinders for firelighting

By Nicky Hedgecock. Autumn and early winter is a great time for collecting your natural tinders while you are out foraging nature’s bounty. It is very quick and easy to light your fire or stove with a match and firelighter and, at times, the best way to go, but it is...

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The right knife for you….

The right knife for you….

By Sam Hayward The pursuit of the ‘perfect’ knife is arguably a never-ending one, as I have found. There is a lot more to it than one may realise, with the added factor that everyone will have their own individual preferences. I’ve been acquiring them now for over 20...

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Natural art with autumn’s bounty.

Natural art with autumn’s bounty.

By Sam Hayward. I often find when chatting to others that autumn is a bit of a ‘marmite’ season – you generally like it…. or you don’t. I can understand the perspective of those who are not too keen, viewing it as the prequel to winter, with daylight hours reducing,...

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Adaptation, Evolution and Quality

Adaptation, Evolution and Quality

By Philip Clegg. The outdoor sector has been very badly hit by the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. At Learn Outdoors and the Wilderness Project we have only been trading again for a few weeks after losing our entire spring and summer season and we are...

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Bramble Baskets

Bramble Baskets

By Nicky Hedgecock. As spring pushes into summer and the fine weather continues there is now an abundance of wild food and resources available to us. We are still not able to go back to work but I am enjoying greatly seeing the almost daily changes occurring in my...

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Wellbeing in nature

Wellbeing in nature

By Nicky Hedgecock. A couple of days before the lockdown was announced I travelled to the South East of England to spend time with my family, so here I am still, unable to travel back to Wales. So, for someone who lives in mid Wales, teaches outdoor education and...

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Experimental cooking over an open fire

Experimental cooking over an open fire

By Sam Hayward. These are unprecedented times, with schools closed nationwide and many of us confined to our homes. Not surprisingly, there has been a surge in memes and jokes centred on home isolation, with numerous references to ‘Groundhog Day’. Throw some energetic...

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Is this a good time to go walking in the hills?

Is this a good time to go walking in the hills?

By Philip Clegg. Maybe! At the time of writing there are no restrictions being placed on accessing the hills and mountains of the UK. We’re all aware of the health benefits of walking, but we need to tread carefully. Many of us will be going through a period of...

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"My daughter absolutely LOVED the Creative Crafts course, thank you! She particularly liked the fact that you taught and trusted them to use tools properly, and I loved the fact that all of the activities were so unique, and nothing she'd have done anywhere else.

She also mentioned that she thought Nicky, the instructor, was great.

It was obviously brilliantly organised, and she will definitely be signing up to future courses!"

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"Many thanks for organising the Creative Crafts course - my daughter really enjoyed it, particularly whittling/carving the wooden mushroom keyrings!

Many thanks, it was a super activity for the girls to do and all be together again."

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 "My daughter absolutely loved it! She thought the instructor was excellent and gave very clear instructions. She really enjoyed making the mushroom and basket making in particular and just thoroughly enjoyed everything. 

Thank you so much for organising it, we give it 5/5 definitely."

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 "Nicky was fantastic – extremely knowledgeable, warm, friendly and patient!  Nicky role models perfect behaviour"

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 "All aims were met and exceeded by Nicky who was an amazing host!"

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 "The course was excellent, pace was amazing.  I learnt so much more than I thought I would.  Highly recommend the course.  Instructors were knowledgeable and amazing"

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 "Great and knowledgeable instructors, nice venue.  All the activities explained and performed in a safe way"

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 "It was an absolute pleasure to be here.  The instructors were perfect, safe and friendly"

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 "All I can say is that it was AMAZING!!!  Everyone was nice and friendly and kind.  Very safe and lots more"

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 "Instructors were very informative and patient.  Learnt a lot in a very short space of time"

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 "Nicky and Sam were amazing!  Very informative and supportive.  Loved all the elements of the course.  Thank you"

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 "Loved the flexibility Sam had with the group so although there was a plan we were able to progress more in specific areas that interested us.  Also liked the way other participants were able to add their expertise"

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 "Loved the flexibility Sam had with the group so although there was a plan we were able to progress more in specific areas that interested us.  Also liked the way other participants were able to add their expertise"

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 "Enjoyed both the content and the delivery of the course and the location"

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 "(Aims met) very well.  Learnt a huge amount and how to deliver courses"

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 "The instructors were fantastic.  Course was relaxed and I felt completely comfortable.  Venue was great.  Thanks for all the tea."

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 "Fantastic course, really enjoyed myself.  Staff were super friendly and group dynamic was awesome.  Well led activities"

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 "Good pace.  Well knowledgeable instructors.  Lots of new ideas"

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 "Amazing instructors.  Positive approach.  Really knowledgeable"

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 "Instructors very engaging and knowledgeable.  Instructors make sure they give everyone time to learn.  No improvements needed that I can think of"

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 "Skills and instruction were excellent"

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 "Positives – teachers/directors, quality of site, drinks, food, instruction, warm welcoming, supportive, safe and pragmatic.  No complaints.  I was worried it may be a bit macho but couldn’t have been more wrong"

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 "I enjoyed the course so much – wish it was longer"

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 "All courses were set up and explained very well."

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 "The venue was superb.  I am honestly unsure how the course could have been improved.  Thank you."

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 “Really knowledgeable and helpful staff who gave really good safety briefings but who were incredibly flexible with the groups needs and interests.” 

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"The course was extremely well set up with lots of helpful learning activities." 

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"Very well organised, fantastic amounts of information with practical demonstrations." 

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“All safety measures in place. Excellent tutors and Course Director. Venue excellent and pupils taken through all safety procedures with walking activities to cooking.”

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“This is the best first aid course I have been on.  The teaching methods in combination with a comprehensive syllabus helped to achieve this.  Robin is a highly skilled trainer.  Thanks!” 

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“All safety measures in place. Excellent tutors and Course Director. Venue excellent and pupils taken through all safety procedures with walking activities to cooking.” 

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"The instructor was very friendly and explained things in a way I could understand. Safety was always first.  Venue was excellent." 

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“I attended an invaluable, well-structured, comprehensive, supportive and enjoyable Advanced Hill Skills course. This small-group course was tailored to meet my individual needs, namely to improve specific Mountain Leader skills prior to putting myself forward for assessment. After the course I was then able to pass my Mountain Leader Assessment with confidence.”