If you go down to the woods this week...

If you go down to the woods this week...

This week, Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House in Wiltshire, welcomed environmental education charity Wild things! to run a six day nationally accredited Woodland Activity Leader Training programme for ten wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veteran members of the Armed Forces.

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The course has seen our guys and girls learn how to identify plants and gain knowledge in their uses, make fires and forage for food to cook on them, identify minibeasts and learn why they are good for the environment and much more!  

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Developed in consultation with staff from the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the John Muir Awards scheme, the Woodland Activity Leader Training programme is a nationally accredited qualification that gives participants the confidence, skills and qualifications to teach environmental education and Bushcraft skills to others. It is also a wonderful opportunity to learn outdoors in a natural environment – on this occasion in the woodland area at Tedworth House.

Veteran Michael Day said, “I would suggest that anyone who likes being outdoors should give this course a try – it is extremely good for the soul and the course leaders Jenny and Dan have been great!.”

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Based in the idyllic conservation village of Findhorn in the north east of Scotland, Wild things! offer a variety of inspiring wilderness and nature experiences for all ages and abilities, regardless of learning, physical and financial challenges.

Charity founder, Jennie Martin says, “We are delighted to be able to offer this exciting course to such an admirable organisation such as Help the Heroes. Our Woodland Activity Leader Training is jam-packed with information and experiences that leave our participants skilled up, confident and excited to lead adventures in our fantastic UK woodlands.”

Find out more about the Woodland Activity Leaders Course and Wild Things! at www.wild-things.org.uk @wildthingsUK