Matt Lloyd

 

Despite a predominantly urban

upbringing Matt has always been a  

country boy at heart and a student

of the great outdoors.

From an early age Matt realised that

being inside was not for him and

spent as much time as he could

outside in the garden learning about

plants and trees, growing fruit and

veg and starting fires at the bottom

of the garden, much to the despair

of the local fire department! 

 

Having spent time in the Cadets and

a very short stint in the Scouts (they

only wanted to play football!) Matt

found his spiritual home on a

relatives farm near Wells, Somerset,

where he went every summer to help

with milking and hay making. This

gave Matt a golden opportunity to

discover the natural environment,

and he spent many happy weeks

exploring the woodland, fields and hedgerows, observing and learning about the diverse range of flora and fauna.

 

Upon leaving school Matt went to Harper Adams University to study outdoor education and  countryside management and left with a Degree in Adventure Recreation Management. During his time at University he travelled to Switzerland, Spain, Scotland and even as far afield as Anglesey to train in mountaineering and remote rescue, ice climbing, rock climbing and canoeing/kayaking. 

 

After leaving University, Matt worked as an instructor at an outdoor centre in the Peak District where he discovered that everything he had always been passionate about had a name, Bushcraft. Aided by an extremely knowledgable bushcraft instructor, Matt broadened his knowledge and developed his skills and started running bushcraft courses and expeditions in the Peak District.

 

Having moved back to Bristol, Matt had a chance encounter one day with Jonny Crockett of Survival School which led to him completing his NCFE Level 2 award followed by his NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills Instructors and Mentors Award.

 

Relevant Awards and Qualifications;

- Survival School Instructors and Mentors Award Level 4 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Primitive Crafts Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Tracking Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Foraging Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Axe Proficiency Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Level 2 Award in Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills NCFE IIQ Accredited

- BSc Honors in Adventure Recreation Management 

- 16 Hour Outdoor First Aid

- DBS (Formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Checked

- Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate - Level 2

- NGO Game Meat Hygiene Award for Large and Small Game

- Archery GB Instructors Award

- Basic Firearms Handling Course

- Chainsaw Qualified

 

When he's not instructing Matt can be found out wandering the countryside with his working cockers or ferrets, or in the workshop making, mending or creating in wood and steel, with a particular passion for old Land Rovers. Matt also helps run the famliy property development company with his dad and sister, managing a small team of builders on  property conversion projects.

Carl Pedley

Carl's love for nature stems from a childhood spent in

the outdoors, walking and exploring the South Downs

near his childhood home, after finding a copy of Food

For Free and one of Ray Mear's early books his passion

for Bushcraft was ignited.

As well as UK adventures he has undertaken

numerous overlanding expeditions ranging from

2 weeks to a month at a time, in destinations from

Norway and Russia  to Morocco and the Sahara

desert, he has a love for the desert and would love

to go back as well as doing a trip to the jungle.

Carl started a career in tree surgery at 14 years old

and aside from a 3 year break working elsewhere he

has made it a career of 22 years, having done his time

at the top (of trees) he now has the less physically punishing role of managing the Bristol branch of Bartlett's Tree Experts, Carl has a specialist knowledge of tree pests, diseases and parasites, and what he doesn't know about trees isn't worth knowing.

Carl's journey with Survival School started in a slightly unorthodox manner when he turned up unannounced on my front doorstep in mid-2014, it transpired that his depot was just up the road and driving past he had recognised the Survival School logo on the land rover and thought he would say hello. A cup of tea and a long chat later and he was booked onto the first Level 2 Training Course we ever ran in Bristol, he went on to complete his assessment and Level 3's whilst assisting on our courses. The next year he completed his Level 4 Instructors and Mentors Award and passed out as a fully qualified instructor, he joined the Survival School Bristol team as a full time instructor and second in command and is a very highly valued member of staff that maintains the very high standard of terrible jokes!

As a family man with a wife and two young daughters much of Carl's time away from the woods is spent at home, although he does like to escape now and then to pursue a hobby in CrossFit (whatever that is!).

Relevant Awards and Qualifications;

- Survival School Instructors and Mentors Award Level 4 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Primitive Crafts Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Tracking Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Foraging Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Axe Proficiency Course Level 3 NCFE IIQ Accredited

- Survival School Level 2 Award in Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills NCFE IIQ Accredited

- 16 Hour Outdoor First Aid

- DBS (Formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Checked

- Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate - Level 2

- NGO Game Meat Hygiene Award for Large and Small Game

- Chainsaw Qualifications and Aerial Rescue (too many to list)


 

 

TESTIMONIALS

Matt was an excellent instructor who led the group well throughout the day with consideration to the pace of the learning and what we actually did. He is a very personable sort of guy who quickly established a warm rapport with us and without doubt was extremely knowledgable about his subject which he taught with confidence and passion. He even had to contend with a biblical style downpour right in the middle of the day! He took it all in his stride and continued to motivate and interest us with a wide scope of topics that I had given him for the group to get stuck into. I will definitely recommend him to others and will try and organise another day with him later in the year.

 

MIKE

 

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