At Pippin & Gile, bushcraft is about developing our understanding of the natural environment, allowing us to do more with less. It gives us a greater appreciation for the everyday, whether this be the veins in an autumnal tree leaf, an unfurling fern or a stand of birch trees. With this knowledge we start to see our environment in a different light, as we build our understanding and connection to the world around us. Our environment is no longer just beautiful in its own right, but is full of endless possibilities.
These skills and knowledge bring us back to our roots. The history of bushcraft and how our ancestors lived is a fascinating subject and can be studied for years. We hope to touch on this subject in our courses and ignite a respect for our forefathers and a passion for you to learn more. Our name reflects our roots, Pippin Wood & Gilestone Farm are the first two special woodlands we selected to start running our courses from.
Lizzy set up Pippin & Gile, realising she could combine all her passions in one place – spending time outdoors, lighting fires, creating things from nature and sharing her passion for all things green with others.
She’s spent the last 5 years working outdoors, guiding groups of adults and children all around the UK, walking and also bushcraft and outdoor learning.
Lizzy has always had a craving for the outdoors, it was rare you’d find her inside as a child, she’d be digging to find water, or China, which ever came first, knapping flints to make a spark, laying trails, lighting bonfires with only one match, making dens in the woods over the fields, climbing trees to fly space rockets, kitting out a hide to watch the birds or hammering nails into poster tubes to make a rain stick.
Nowadays she’s a little bit wiser and has learned that digging for water on a chalk hillside needs more than will power and a spade as the aquifer is over 100m down. That China isn’t underneath us, and that you need some steel to go with your flint. She’s still just as enthusiastic though, on days off she’ll still be found in the woods; testing out homemade shelters in cold, soggy November conditions, foraging plants and fungi to add some variety to dinners, collecting armfuls of nettles from the edges of the steams and taking them home to make cordage, whittling spoons, weaving baskets and of course she is still lighting fires.
Lizzy is looking forward to passing on her passion for bushcraft and foraging in South Wales.
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