Growing heartfelt community in nature

New! Bushcraft and Survival Skills Course – March to May 2020

Learn the necessary skills to survive outside on this new course at Sladebank Woods, Stroud. Over four sessions you’ll learn fire lighting, carving essential items from green wood, camp craft, shelter building and the knowledge to enjoy a night outdoors, ending with an overnight camp in the woodland.

BECAUSE OF VERY WET GROUND CAUSED BY THE TWO RECENT STORMS AND A WET AND WINDY FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND, THE SESSION ON 22 FEBRUARY HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. WE APOLOGISE, BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON ONE OF THE FUTURE SESSIONS.

28 March: Basic survival skills and camp crafts (10:00 to 15:30)

25 April: Advanced outdoor skills (10:00 to 15:30)

30 and 31 May: Overnight survival camp (from 14:00 on 30 May to 11:00 on 31 May)

The sessions will be led by Jack Stone and assisted by Nicola Damery. Jack is a young and talented local bushcraft and survival enthusiast. Jack enjoys teaching others these skills and is a Young Leader with the Scouts and has helped to run a Forest School group. As well as being passionate about bushcraft and woodwork, Jack has made his own forge and has many blacksmithing skills. Nicola is an experienced Forest School assistant who loves being in the outdoors and enjoys supporting young people and adults to learn new skills in a safe, fun and creative way. The course will be overseen by Martin Jakes who owns and manages Sladebank Woods.

Anyone aged 14 or over is very welcome to join in, and we recommend that you have some experience of using hand tools. The groups will be small (six people on each session) ensuring that you have the opportunity to learn and develop skills.

The price per session is £35 for adults (18 or over) and £30 for young people (17 or under). The overnight survival camp costs £70 for adults/£60 for young people.

Book your place using our online booking form, or email Sladebank Woods on sladebankwoods@yahoo.co.uk.

Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate outdoor clothing. Twist bread dough (damper bread) will be provided to cook on the fire.

Ongoing events

Woodland Saunas

Earth Songs  with JJ Middleway.  Please check – dates can change

  • Big Tree Planting Posse
    Big Tree Planting Posse
  • Circle Time
    Circle Time
  • Forest Fun whatever the weather!
    Forest Fun whatever the weather!
  • Strike Fire
    Strike Fire
  • Fresh coppice
    Fresh coppice
  • Well earned break
    Well earned break
  • Kesty & Martin
    Kesty & Martin

 

Big Tree Plant 2014

A place to build and grow community in nature

To promote the use of Sladebank Woods as a local community resource.
To provide people with a deeper experience and understanding of their relationship to the earth, themselves and each other.
To provide experiential opportunities for people to learn about woodlands.
To raise awareness of the educational and productive benefits of managed woodlands to the public.
To provide opportunities across all ages and abilities by organising a programme of activities throughout the year.
To develop outreach projects to further the aims of Sladebank Woods including Forest School programmes, school visits and Camps.

 500 Trees planted at Sladebank Woods

Many thanks to all our friends and neighbours who helped to plant trees donated by Stroud Valleys Project, as part of The Big Tree Plant over the last two years.

Identifying trees to plant

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