fire lighting


Using cleavers as a tinder   Recently updated !

I’ve written previuosly about using cleavers (Galium aparine) as a tinder, but recently as I was pottering around our ancient woodland camp on the beautiful Kent Downs I spotted a load in a dead hedge and decided to make this short video that describes using cleavers as a tinder. We teach how to prepare and […]

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A weekend bushcraft course

This video was taken on our 2 Day Bushcraft Course in April 2019.  It was a bit of a chilly weekend, as you can see from us all wearing hats and scarves!  But we still packed a bunch of stuff in, including knife safety and cutting techniques, fire lighting, cordage, foraging, tarps & hammocks, knife […]


Fire lays

In this post I want to take a look at ‘fire lays’, or put simply, different ways of setting up your fire.  And, much like lighting a fire, ask 10 people their preferred fire lay and you’ll get 11 answers.  I’m going to describe a few fire lays that I use on a regular basis. […]

fire lays | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

bushcraft club 2019 | Ashford | Canterbury | Kent

Bushcraft Club 2019

Now in it’s sixth year, we’ll be starting Bushcraft Club again in the first week of May.  This year we’re trying something a little different and have decided to run seperate sessions for families and adults, allowing us to cover more challenging subjects on the adults only sessions. Bushcraft Club is based at our ancient […]


How to light a fire

I originally wrote this post for The Bushcraft Journal and it was published in Issue 23 back in 2018. So far we’ve looked at various ways of lighting a fire and some of the many tinders that are available to us, both manmade and natural.  Now I’m going to show you how I light my […]

how to light a fire | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

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Manmade tinders

For me bushcraft is an exploration of the natural world; it’s about understanding the trees, plants and wildlife around us.  When our hunter gatherer ancestors looked out into the forest they saw the supermarket, DIY shop and chemist all in one.  Everything they needed was out there, the trick was to know what to look […]