Jack Raven Bushcraft

Providing bushcraft, survival and wilderness living skills in the Kent Downs National Park

Jack Raven Bushcraft experiences take place in Westwell, Kent, just 50 miles from the centre of London, in quite stunning ancient woodland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have access to around 60 or so acres of beautiful broadleaf woodland, perfect for corporate team building activities, picking up new outdoor skills and having fun with nature.

Our outdoor activities are designed so that you don’t need any previous experience, and the sessions are entirely hands on so that you leave us with simple, practical and repeatable skills. We are certain that you will have a lot of fun along the way!

Your training takes place at an expedition style camp with a yurt and wood burning stove, a parachute, a kitchen area, work benches and a composting toilet. We have areas where you can pitch a hammock, tarp or small tent, cleared of standing and hanging dead wood, or you can camp on a nearby working farm campsite.

We place a strong emphasis on natural history, woodland management and conservation throughout all of our teachings as we believe that this knowledge should inform everything we do in bushcraft. Preserving and enhancing the woodland in which we teach is factored into all of our outdoor activities.

Gary Johnston

Gary grew up in the west country surrounded by open countryside in what is now a nature reserve. Seeing deer, foxes, badgers and other wildlife yards from the backdoor was commonplace. Allowed to venture out at a very early age, he spent much of his childhood wandering through the woods, making ‘dens’, climbing trees (and occasionally falling out of them), swimming in rivers…. School holidays were spent on an uncle’s farm on the edge of Dartmoor.

From around 14 onwards he would regularly spend 4 or 5 days at a time wandering around and sleeping out on the moors, mostly knowing where he was. These early experiences led to a lifelong love of the British countryside and culminated in Gary qualifying as a bushcraft instructor and co-founding Jack Raven Bushcraft.

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