About Our Woodland
Our woodland consists of 20 acres of mixed semi ancient woodland coupled with areas of grass, gorse and bracken, which provides us with a vast range of biodiversity within the plants and trees. On a visit to the woods you may well expect to see rabbits, squirrels, badgers, foxes, deer, birds of prey, bats and owls going about their business. Located on the hills above Tickenham, it offers stunning views of the Somerset levels and the surrounding area.
We have a permanent main camp in the form or a large tarped area as well as a number of other classrooms and game/food preparation areas, providing the perfect setup for coures to run regardless of the weather. We have a mains supply of fresh drinking water which is available on all courses and we also have a number of composting toilets in the woodland so there is no need to dig your own hole!
The woodland also backs onto Cadbury Camp, the Iron Age hill fort, which provides the perfect backdrop for our courses that include primitive crafts. We also have an old quarry on site which will provide us with a classroom where we run flint knapping, steel forging and hide tanning sessions.
Parking for courses will be at the village hall car park, from there it is a 10 minute walk to the main camp.
The woodland is managed by the Brown Rock Woodland Project for the wider benefit of the local community, a separate area of the woodland is also used by local primary schools for forest school, an eco-therapy group and a Bristol based charity that works with vulnerable children. The Brown Rock Woodland Project organises open days and events as well as work parties to help manage the woodland whilst learning new skills, for more information please visit the Brown Rock Woodland Project page on Facebook
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.