Forest Skills; your complete resource for the outdoors
We’re based in the North-West & our courses run throughout the year, but if you’re unable to attend a specific course we offer the opportunity to make a private booking where we can tailor a course specifically for you & your group.
We also sell a large range of kit for the outdoor enthusiast at prices that are hard to beat. We only sell products which we have tested in the field & truly believe in, which is why you’ll see Staff & Customer Reviews on all our products.
A great range of excellent products, from camping & bushcraft essentials to gift ideas for all the family. These & more all at the best prices, especially as they include standard UK delivery!
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Join us in the woods for one of our courses. With courses suitable for the complete novice, families & for the more experienced, we will have a course for you.
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Schools, Home Ed groups, SEN organisations – Come and join us in the woods, have fun & learn in natures classroom. We offer forest school sessions as well as curriculum enhancement days, terms & school years.
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As we say at Forest Skills;
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Birthday Party.“This was the best party I’ve ever had.” Dylan (aged 9).
Birthday Party.“Forest Skills Ltd provided a superb 9th birthday party for my son Dylan and 5 of his friends. Chris made learning bushcraft skills both interesting and fun for the whole group (including the adults). I would recommend Chris and his team to everyone.” – Neil
Peer Testimonial.“I have worked with Chris and during that time I found him to be an honest and sincere person. He is a person of integrity and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any organisation thinking of utilising Chris’s wide skill base.” Geoffrey McMullan BEM, MSc, MBACP Pathfinder-UK
Just thought I’d let you know how much the Brownies enjoyed the session, it was their favourite thing on Friday. They have diaries where they record what they did, crafts they made, their favourite food and their favourite ‘bit’ each day. They absolutely loved it as it was something different from the usual activities we do on Pack Holiday, and, as one of our Brownies says ‘It’s memories’! Here are a few comments; I’ve kept the original spellings:
Cheers and thanks again, Kay 9th All Saints Brownies, St Helens
- ‘Today we made a fire, we made are own sparkler, we did it also in the old fashioned way.’
- ‘Today we made a fiyer and set fier to babby sheep and made sparks.’
- ‘Woke up and we got redey. We went to make a fier and it didn’t work for us. Well it was the second best day of my life.'(!)
- ‘We roasted marshmallows when a man teached us how to light a fire when it was pouring down with rain!’
Fantastic day today at Forest Skills on the ‘Sharp Skills’ course. Felling trees for coppicing and practising my axe, knife and saw skills as well as learning about the safe use and maintenance of chainsaws. It was bloomin’ freezing but I still have all my fingers which is a bonus! I highly recommend Chris Garland and any of his courses. A Course Attendee
Private course.“I’ve just enjoyed a fantastically rewarding weekend with Forest Skills Ltd’s expert instructor Chris. After 2 days my wild camping confidence is at a new high. Fire making, wild food prep, camp set up; all covered effortlessly and in depth. Brilliant fun!” – Dave
Birthday Party.“Thank you so much for a wonderful party for our son’s 7th Birthday. Chris was great with our group of 11 over-exuberant boys! Everyone loved the fire making and the look of achievement on every boys face as they managed to burn their cotton wool was priceless. I would definitely recommend Chris and forest skills.” – Fiona B.
Offley Primary School – Oct 2014.“We paid for Forest Skills to come to our school instead of going out on a trip. Our topic was ‘Survival’ and we were focussing on the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. Right from the start, Chris couldn’t do enough for us. He went away and read the book and used this to tailor our Forest Skills experience to exactly what we needed. As a teacher, I learnt a lot and although I was initially a little nervous about making fire with the children, Chris talked to the children and set up the activities in such a way that they were able to do the majority of activities independently. The children absolutely loved their day and it was lovely to see them rushing out of the school gates with excitement at the end of the day desperate to tell their parents all about it. I would definitely like to work with Forest Skills again in the future and I would highly recommend it for any school.” Mrs C. Literacy Co-ordinator Offley Primary School, Cheshire.
Back Garden Bushcraft Camp.“Chris has set up a fantastic bushcraft area for our children in the garden. They have had great fun making fires, relaxing in the hammocks and cutting wood using their new saw horse. We would thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking for advice on any bushcrafting matters.” – Gill and John Paulson
Birthday Party.“Forest Skills Ltd provided a magical bushcraft 9th birthday party for my son and his friends. Chris made bushcraft achievable and fun for the lads, who didn’t want to leave despite the cold wet December night. I would wholeheartedly recommend Chris and his team.” – Marcus