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Our Woodlands

We have hand picked two woodlands in South Wales to give a perfect mix of species, environments and feels.

Gilestone Wood, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon Beacons National Park
Gilestone Wood is set within Gilestone Farm a 240 acre mixed farm with sheep, cattle and arable, sited between the River Usk and The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. 

Nestled in the Usk Valley in the heart of the National Park, Gilestone Wood has a small stream running through the centre and a delightful mix of native trees, including Oak, Ash, Birch, Willow, Hazel, Alder and Popular. It has been a managed woodland much of its life, this has been done sensitively and to promote healthier tree growth. The woodland is home to a range of fauna too, pause a moment to hear buzzards overhead, spy red kites as you walk to the loo and watch the bats flit through the trees as dusk settles.

The woodland backs onto the canal, there is a south facing community orchard adjacent to the wood and a spring fed pond over one ache in size behind the farmhouse, with a growing range of flora and fauna.

Full detailed instructions for how to find the woodland will be sent out prior to your course.

Facilitates at Gilestone Farm

We have a base camp in the wood with rustic benches and a parachute to protect us from most of the rain, where the majority of our teaching will operate from. 

There is a flushing toilet and a shower in the farm yard, a short stroll from the wood. The car park is on hard standing and very close to the woodland and the camping field. 

Camping on our weekend course is in a small private field nearby the woodland. This is fully enclosed by native hedgerow, giving a protection from wind and lots of local habitats for wildlife as well as opportunities for foraging. 

Pippin Wood, Colva near Hay-on-Wye
Pippin Wood is cradled within the Gladestry Valley, with Gladestry Brook running along the boundary of the woodland.

It is our remotest woodland, were we run our weekend courses. It’s perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The only noises you will hear in this charming woodland are the birds around us, the local farm animals and the associated farm workings. There is no road noise to be had in this tranquil valley.

Specifically planted for biodiversity and habitat regeneration over 30 years ago after being logged for commercial forestry, there is a delightful mix of native British trees, with young oaks, ash, sycamore, beech, birch, cherry, willow, hazel and a few conifers intermixed. The forest floor is carpeted in a mix of fern species, enhancing the special feel. As well as Gladestry Brook there is a small pond in the woodland with a range of sedges and rushes growing in and around that we will find various uses for.

You will often see buzzards, owls, dragon flies and hedgehogs in the wood as you explore.

Full detailed instructions for how to find the woodland will be sent out prior to your course.

Facilities at Pippin Wood

We have an area within the woodland for camping and will provide you with tarps and materials to build debris shelters on our weekend courses.

We have a small sturdy wooden shepherds hut, we can retreat to if the weather is very inclement. 

There is a parachute which is remarkably weather proof for usual weather, and our courses will base themselves around here.

There is a composting loo onsite. This has been carefully built to ensure an enjoyable user experience and that no contamination of the local water courses can occur.

Parking is nearby at a local farm, either in the yard or on hard standing in the field in the summer months.

It is a 15 minute walk from the parking to the woodland – one large bag per person will be carried in a vehicle, which will be parked near the woodland.