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DofE Gold Residential

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Off Grid Woodland Management
With Blacksmithing & Deer Skinning

We (Jodie and Jordan) have been working to regenerate Tangier Wood, a 10acre semi-ancient woodland, since 2016. As a DofE Gold Participant, you'll play a hands-on role in enabling the re-growth and health of its native tree species and natural habitats. 

You’ll have a fully immersive, off-grid experience – empowered with freedom of action to build the confidence and capabilities to sustain yourself and the woodland resources.

 

You'll develop your outdoor skills to comfortably look after yourself and live off-grid; learn how to make tools in our woodland blacksmithing forge and skin a deer with our Licensed Game Keeper.

 

You'll learn about woodland sustainability and biodiversity and undertake different methods of sustainable woodland management, enabling you to work your own patch of woodland in line with the goals you set for yourself and your team. 

 

Throughout the week, Jordan will also dig into his 22yr military experience to offer up bonus skills on tracking and ground sign awareness, and natural navigation. You can also have a crack at axe-throwing and archery.

 

You’ll achieve your John Muir Discover Award - a nationally recognised environmental award - as part of your DofE experience.

 

You’ll be camping for the 5 days with plenty of time to relax and socialise around the fire. You’ll be cooking all your meals over the open fire, so by the end of the week you’ll be proficient in campfire cooking. We have environmentally friendly composting toilets and solar showers onsite.

Dates:                                                                     

  • 28 July - 1 August 2024       

 

Price: £245    ​

20 participants per course

''One of the best experiences of my life. Thank you for teaching me so much over the five days I was there. Feel I grew as a person, conquered some of my fears and enjoyed every minute of it.''

Charlie, April '23

"Awesome place! Awesome people! I love that we leave the wood as we found it. Thank you Jodie and Jordan for THE BEST DofE Residential!! I’m Missing Tangier Wood already!"

Zebedee, April '24

''Take me back please.''

Mia, April '23

"I absolutely loved the woodland tours, learning about the history and some cool tree facts!! The chilling around the campfire was also wonderful and allowed us to get to know each other well so that every activity was really enjoyable!"

Sophia, April '24

"Deer skinning and bushcraft were my highlights - I enjoyed learning and practising off-grid skills to become more self-sufficient".

 Ian, April '24

"Just thought I'd reiterate here how brilliant my 5 days was. I got along well with the other participants and I thought Jodie and Jordan were very welcoming and friendly. I felt at ease from day one!​"

Sam, April '24

''Thank you guys so much for this amazing programme!''

Grace, April '23

''I had a really great time and I am so grateful for the experience! You were both so welcoming and lovely and I learnt a ton of new things about woodland management.''

Amelia, April '23

5-day programme

Day 1

  • Introduction and welcome

  • History and tour of Tangier Wood

  • Tracking and ground sign awareness

  • John Muir Award

Day 3

  • Blacksmithing

  • Methods of woodland management

  • Cool woodland jobs

  • Archery

Day 4

  • Woodland surveys and management plans

  • Cool woodland jobs

Day 2

  • Deer skinning

  • Woodland biodiversity and sustainability

  • Woodland types and structures

  • Axe-throwing

Day 5

  • Enacting woodland management plans

  • Natural navigation

  • Consolidation of learnings

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