Groups celebrating Men’s Health Week enjoyed taster sessions in bushcraft and foraging at Finnebrogue Woods near Downpatrick.
If you go down to the woods today… you just might learn a thing or two about survival skills in bushcraft and foraging at Finnebrogue Woods near Downpatrick.
As part of a programme supported by the County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN), men were in for a special treat as they learned some basic skills in lighting fires, making shelters, foraging for food in the wild and cooking in the great outdoors.
This initiative which ran for four days certainly helped them all to re-connect with nature and experience the bushcraft in the raw.
Located in the unique woodland just outside Downpatrick on the Killyleagh Road, Finnebrogue Woods opened the bushcraft side of the business in 2019 just as the Covid-19 pandemic was starting.
Gilliam Armstrong, Finnebrogue Sales and Operational Manager, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to take part in a real immersive experience in nature in our School of Bushcraft. You get dirt under your fingernails and you smell of smoke as you cook round a camp fire in this down to earth experience.
“The Finnebrogue Woods is situated on a private estate and is only 45 minutes from Belfast but it feels very remote when you are there.
“Our bushcraft expert Rob Hill is very knowledgable about the outdoors. He has led in expeditions in extreme places such as the Antarctic, the wilds of Canada, the Andes and jungles. He actually grew up in the Black Forest in Germany and speaks German and Spanish.
“The experience is for adults and children 7+. Children just love it. They get a chance to sleep wild in this ancient woodland in a tree tent literally under the stars. You can book online at:
“You can also enjoy a break at our farm shop and cafe (Fodder), or take part in a corporate day out. We have our own herd of Dexter cattle which provides the delicious meat we serve up. And if you are getting married, Finnebrogue Woods offers something really alternative.”