I’m an active bushcrafter, gardener, conservation volunteer, and amateur ecologist, all of which I blog about here (read the don’t posion/hurt yourself disclaimer here first before trying out anything yourself!).
I’ve been an occasional assistant bushcraft instructor and demonstrator (having completed the NCFE Advanced Bushcraft Award with Woodcraft School), working with Wildwood Bushcraft school in Sussex and the WildSoc/WildSoton group (a social network for buschcrafters) I ran for a while in Southampton. I especially enjoy foraging, wildlife tracking, and making things from scratch. I’m interested in how teaching and practising bushcraft can help people feel more at home when they’re out on the land and bring more of the wild home with them.
I’m also an active conservation volunteer, often with Southampton University Conservation Volunteers and on memorable trips to Killarney in Ireland and Trees for Life in Scotland. I’m interested in how we can increase the resilience of the ecosystems of the British-Irish Isles in the face of climate change through ideas like agroecology and landscape rewilding.
I’ve also completed the Permaculture Design Certificate and have designed a couple of community gardens (one implemented in conjunction with The Society of St. James as a garden for their residents, completed using volunteer student labour). Being a bearer of little garden space and on a seemingly infinitely long allotment waiting list I’m not currently doing a huge amount of veggie growing, but we make the best of the little rental patch we have!