In my spare time I’m an amateur bushcrafter, gardener, conservation volunteer, and naturalist, all of which I sometimes 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 for wild food (often in very urban environments), 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, even within the city.
I’ve been a regular 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 practices like agroecology and landscape rewilding – something I’d like to do more research on, but for the moment is mainly an amateur interest.
I’ve also completed the Permaculture Design Certificate and have designed a couple of community gardens (one implemented with homeless charity The Society of St. James as a garden for their residents, completed with student volunteers). Being a bearer of little garden space and resident of infinitely long allotment waiting lists I’m not currently doing a huge amount of growing, but we make the best of the little rental patches we have [current garden status: pots of herbs, salads, and flowers on a Stockholm balcony].