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Clinton Woods

Bushcraft Instructors


Ben Day - Co Founder & Instructor of Woodsman Bushcraft


For the last 6 years Ben has been working within the environmental sector. Working closely with community groups to manage woodland and open spaces 


“I have always had a special affinity with nature (I was the child in the woods tracking foxes and badgers with jam sarnies in hand) I slowly moved away from time spent outside as we do when we grow older and fell into a job which had me driving around the South East of England six days a week,  but after a bout of sickness 7 years ago I decided to change everything and set myself up on a path to starting Woodsman Bushcraft. This involved a 2 year apprenticeship in Horticulture, once complete I then broadened my learning with John Rhyders Woodcraft School which strengthened my passion for outdoor learning. The bushcraft I had learnt as an early teen had been restored and reinforced with a much deeper understanding. Once I had completed the Level 4 in Applied bushcraft the next step  was starting Woodsman Bushcraft with Barry.”


Ben volunteers for his local canoe club coaching 1 star courses on the river Medway “The best part by far is watching the students become more comfortable in the boat as the weeks go on, growing with every week .” 


Ben has completed:


NCFE Level 3 Advanced Bushcraft Award, NCFE Level 4 Applied Bushcraft Award and the NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership through the John Rhyder Woodcraft School.

Has attained a Level III in Cybertracker Track and Sign

A Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture in the environmental and land-based sector


Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

British Canoeing - safeguarding PADDLESAFE Child Protection Course


Understanding LTPD Level 1 


City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (QFC)


City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in felling and Processing trees up to 380mm (QFC)


Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering

British Red Cross First Aid at Work

Barry Hobbs – Co-founder & Instructor of Woodsman Bushcraft

Barry has worked in social care, working with people with additional needs for 20 years in a range of roles including Support Worker and Service Manager. Most recently working at a community & gardening project that offers a therapeutic work-based opportunities for vulnerable people to learn about horticulture.

Barry volunteers for the Scouts and is a Scout Leader in his local community.  

Barry says “I have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy passing on the skills that enable myself and others to enjoy the outdoors effectively and with minimal impact on the environment”

Barry has a completed:

NCFE Level 3 Advanced Bushcraft Award, NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Applied Bushcraft and the NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership with John Rhyders Woodcraft School under the instruction of Phil Brooke and John Rhyder. 

NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership.

A level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

An NVQ Level 3 in Caring for Children and Young People 

PTLLS – Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning

A level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children Young People’s Services 

A level 4 in Managing Health & Safety in Health and Social Care

British Red Cross First Aid at Work

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