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Eco-ethical Policy

Wildwood Bushcraft is an environmentally conscious business taking the following initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment:

On our courses and expeditions:

  • Our founder and chief instructor Leon is a qualified Ecologist

  • We manage our bushcraft activities to encourage the sustainability of natural resources within our woods. This is done by asking students to leave certain resources in place when they are in shorter supply, by encouraging people to economise on burning of deadwood, leaving rotten wood, periodically rotating our camp site, using sustainable harvesting strategies, and using alternative sites. Green (live) wood is typically pruned from tree species which will regenerate quickly such as hazel and willow or from abundant or non-native species. An important part of our educational message is taking care of the natural environment.

  • We are qualified trainers for "Leave No Trace" so can provide training for individuals and organisations on how to minimise their impacts when visiting the outdoors

  • We teach responsible firelighting, including the correct ways to site, manage and clear away a fire to avoid damage and forest fires.

  • On courses non-compostable rubbish is removed from the site and sorted into categories for disposal and recycling (e.g. landfill, tins and plastic, glass).

  • We use pit latrines on camps which allow waste to naturally degrade under the soil using Leave no Trace practices.

  • We encourage lift sharing by students whenever practicable to access the site - especially for longer journeys such as to our Scottish sites (if you want a lift let us know).

  • Meat, fish and eggs provided on most courses are from responsible sources (such as free range), and wherever possible sourced locally.

  • We carry out woodland management at some of our sites to encourage tree diversity and to remove alien invasive species

  • We work in partnership and collaboration with other local businesses (mainly other ethical and green businesses) on some courses e.g. accommodation providers, caterers, outdoor centres, canoe and kayak guides, local colleges and suppliers of local produce.

In the office:

  • Our electricity is from renewable sources

  • Where possible we encourage people to use our online information resources on the web rather than receiving printed material by post.

  • Nearly all of our printing is on 100% recycled paper and we re-use and recycle waste paper..

  • The water supply to our house and office is from a local stream

  • Our house and water is heated with a log burner and from passive solar gain

  • Water is also heated with solar thermal panels

  • We have a compost toilet on site and an offgrid camp in our garden

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