Natures Craft was set
up by Andy Noble to keep alive and share the skills and knowledge
that our ancestors would have originally passed down generation to
We demonstrate through
hands on practical experiences
how these skills and crafts, coupled with a respect for nature, can
still play an important role in our modern-day lives.
We are a part-time course provider, so have a
limited and changing course calendar. Despite only running
a few courses a year, every one of the courses we run are run to
the highest quality and standards.
The vast majority of Natures Craft's courses are held on a private estate with
over 40 acres of very peaceful ancient
semi-natural woodland (asnw) set amongst over 500 acres of private
estate, near to Savernake Forest in East
Wiltshire right in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The woods are
home to an abundance of wildlife including Roe and Muntjac deer,
badgers, foxes, hares, rabbits, owls, buzzards, woodpeckers and
many other wild creatures all of which can be regularly heard
and seen. We will also explore the woodlands, hedgerows, ponds
and pastures on the estate where a great variety of trees,
plants and fungi can be found.
The courses are very relaxed, yet formal and
we always make sure that plenty of time is allocated for hands on experimentation and
practice of newly acquired skills.
We expect 100%
participation during all our courses from all our students and
they will also be required at times to participate in
routine tasks around the camp such as firewood collection,
washing up dishes and
general camp tasks.
On the whole Natures Craft's courses are run
expedition style base camp with basic facilities only. We are not a permanent
residence in the woods and wish to leave minimal impact where
There are a number of sheltered areas
including over the campfire, main work area and kitchen space for preparing food and cleaning pans
etc. There is always hot water available from the kettle
for washing and cleaning and there is a fully covered and well
kept composting toilet.
We encourage students to join us by cooking
over the fire, and we have a large grill set up at meal times
for all to use. For meals supplied by Natures Craft we can
cater for most dietary requirements, just let us know when you
We welcome students aged 14
and upwards on most of our courses, but students under 18 must be accompanied by a
We take your safety as paramount
and we aim
for a minimum of a 1:5 instructor to pupil ratio on all our
courses, and there is
always a Wilderness First Aider on site, ensuring there is always
someone to hand to offer guidance and that you are always in