Bushcraft expert in quest for site to teach new skills

A bushcraft and survival skills instructor is on the lookout for a patch of woodland in which he can base a new venture.

George Bilcliffe from Shropshire Bushcraft.
George Bilcliffe from Shropshire Bushcraft.

George Bilcliffe moved to Shropshire having enjoyed a successful time in New Zealand running courses.

He is now hoping to start a business in the county but has hit a stumbling block, a lack of a site from which he can operate.

George said: “I have been looking for land for a couple of years now, but there have always been a stumbling block.

“I have the insurance in place and everything to hit the ground running, I just need to find some woodland.”

Living in Shawbury he would ideally like somewhere in the east of the county, possibly in the Market Drayton or the Telford area.

“The aim is to get people out of built-up areas and into woodland. Also off their computers and consoles,” he said.

George Bilcliffe from Shropshire Bushcraft.

“It is now recognised that green spaces are so important for our physical and mental health and it can even be prescribed by doctors.”

George said that anyone with three or four acres of woodland, whether deciduous or a plantation, need not worry about anything changing in it.

“The aim is to take only memories and leave only footprints,” he said.

“Ideally there would be somewhere close by to either drop people off or a parking area and the cherry on the cake would be access to running water. But we can take water with us.”

Bushcraft and survival courses would at first have to be aimed at family groups as Covid restrictions are lifted.

He added: “It is all about getting people out and interacting with the environment.”

Anyone interested in the course or who would be interested in talking to George about a piece of land they may have should either contact him via the Shropshire Bushcraft facebook page or on 07508 967835.

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