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Countryside Access Warden

Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft founder and head instructor, has recently completed training as a Countryside Access Warden for the county of Kent.


Training was provided by Ben Collins, Community Projects Officer for Kent County Council, and his team over at Christ Church in Tunbridge Wells.

The day was exceptionally well planned and delivered. Areas covered during the day long briefing where:-

  • A beginners’ guide to countryside access
  • Why are volunteers important to Public Rights of Way?
  • What does a Countryside Access Warden do?
  • What are the different maps for and how you use them?
  • What is inside your tool kit and how to do the different Countryside Access Warden jobs?

As Phil spends a great deal of his limited spare time in the countryside watching wildlife and walking Inca “The Bushcraft Dog” it is no hardship to take a few tools to maintain signage and access to some of the wonderful footpaths and rights of way we have access to in the area surrounding our base in Mid-Kent.

The areas Phil will be covering include:-

  • Egerton
  • Charing
  • Pluckley
  • Lenham Heath
  • Charing Heath
  • Bethersden
  • Smarden
  • Boughton Malherbe
  • Ulcombe

Phil says: -

“Discovering new local footpaths will be an interesting challenge and a wonderful excuse to explore some different areas of the local landscape whilst practising and teaching some navigation skills. It is always such a privilege to encounter new views over the surrounding area and to uncover signs of local wildlife in unfamiliar areas and provide new and exciting images and stories to share on our Badger Bushcraft Blog. I’m sure Inca will enjoy the change of scenery also!"

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