Badger Bushcraft, founded by Phil Brown in 2008, offers high quality courses and bespoke training in basic and advanced bushcraft skills, wilderness survival training, primitive technology, nature based learning events, wild foods and foraging plus lots, lots more.
Our guidance and tuition caters for adults, families and children of all ages and abilities in the stunning countryside of Kent and the south east of England. We aslo offer a very well established and highly regarded educational workshops for schools which can be delivered either at our amazingly inspirational bushcraft site set in some 670 acres of Kentish woodland or at a school's outdoor teaching area or in the classroom.
Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm. Phil’s experience as a practitioner of outdoor learning in the many guises that contain bushcraft also include having worked as both an instructor and an assessor on many NCFE industry recognised qualifications, in this role Phil has been privileged to have helped train, coach and assess many people that are now teaching bushcraft both in the UK and in Europe.
"I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil." - Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder
Our courses, corporate events, bespoke and one-on-one training are hosted in some truley stunning and inspiring countryside on the 3,000 acre Belmont Estate set in the Kent North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Centrally located between the main motway aarteries of the M20 and M2 our site offers easy access from both the continent, London, the surrounding counties of Sussex, Essex, Surrey and beyond.
Our clients include individuals and families that have wanted to reconnect to the landscape and our natural heritage with little or no knowledge of bushcraft skills through to experienced outdoor instructors and leaders, educational establishments, schools, colleges, clubs, youth clubs, adventure centres, societies, corporate clients, well known musicians, bands and international celebrities.
Bushcraft for children and bushcraft for schools has become a large part of our work and we are passionate about getting young people involved and engaged with outdoor learning.
Since 2008 we have been working in close partnership with Kent County Council supporting both in school projects, Extended Services, Study Support, Children's University, holiday workshops and also consulting in outdoor education. Over the years Badger Bushcraft has worked with many thousands of children and young people.
We have also worked on expeditions in temperate Europe and the challenging environments of Pacific Coast of the United States which included some interesting evening encounters with rattle snakes in the Mojave Desert!
Alongside our scheduled courses we also offer the opportunity to design your perfect and totally bespoke bushcraft, survival, primitive technology or nature based course including only elements and activities that are relevant, of interest and important to you. We also offer a unique Corporate Events & Team Building "Gourmet Bushcraft" event for business clients.
Over recent years mobile bushcraft has become exceptionally popular with some of our client base as we are also kitted out and prepared to come to you, so instead of travelling to one of our farm or woodland sites near our base in the heart of Kent we can pack one of our Land Rovers and travel to your site, school or location. This has proved to be exceptionally popular and for some clients extremely cost effective with the team working all over the UK. We also offer this mobile service for Bushcraft Parties.
What started off as Phil's personal blog with a mainly United Kingdom based following has developed a keen global readership with regular visitors from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Australia and Romania to name but a few!
We are passionate about what we do and how we do it with all aspects of our business embracing the philosophy that "the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra". The aim and focus of Badger Bushcraft is to tailor make unique learning experiences that are unrivalled and unforgettable, be that a morning, day or week long course.
Phil and the Badger Bushcraft Team are really "bringing learning to life".
Please contact Head Bushcraft Instructor Phil Brown for further information.
It's a beautiful morning for a walk and with the mist hanging in the air, the spider webs are decorating the landscape. There are many orb webs to be seen like this one we admired and photographed near Barnfield in Kent but did you know that spiders don't just use webs to catch flies?
Yarrow is still flowering - a welcome sign of life on cold November days. The plant commonly blooms in spring with ovate clusters of white to pink flowers but continues to flourish though out the year.