Now that the next generation have begun to join us on our adventures, it is something that we want them to enjoy for years to come as well but there is a problem and it is a problem that seems to be country wide… the countryside we enjoyed as children has been trashed and I do mean “trashed”.
Take a walk in a woodland anywhere in the United Kingdom and you will most likely find an abundance of rubbish left by uncaring dog walkers, weekend party campers, bags and packets blown in by the wind from out of town shopping centres, industrial waste dumped in the middle of the night by unscrupulous contractors and the list of what can be seen seems to be endless.
This overwhelming abundance of rubbish is spoiling the experience of outdoors life for the younger generation of bush crafters and, in some cases, putting them exploring their natural surroundings.
The Bushcraft Clean Up
Recently one of our favourite bushcraft locations was trashed by a bunch of drunken teenagers. Not only did they leave dozens of cans, litter and broken bottles all over the once stunning natural woodland, they had also ripped down numerous young saplings for use as fuel for their huge bonfire, hammered nails into anything within their reach (still trying to work out why), hacked living trees with an axe (which was later found jammed solid into a oak tree nearby), spray painted the bark of living trees with obscenities and set up several trip wires for unsuspecting walkers.
Naturally I was furious but what made me quickly ramp up to being extremely angry was the effect it had on my two daughters who, after looking forward to an enjoyable day in the woods, were both now very upset to see the scene of mindless destruction that greeted them.
Tears were rolling down their cheeks as we assessed the damage but despite my assurances that we could clean it all up, I could see that this was a memory that would stay with them for a long time and we decided to we had to do something about this and that is how The Bushcraft Clean Up was born.
Get Involved With The Bushcraft Clean Up!
The Bushcraft Clean Up aims to encourage people who enjoy the outdoors to get involved part in protecting it by helping in cleaning it up.
We would like bushcrafters to take a standard black bin bag with them on their trips in to the outdoors and, after a day of enjoying nature, we are asking if they can clean up any rubbish they come across and disposing of it properly when they return home.
By doing this little thing every time we go out into the wild, we will all be doing our bit in making sure that future generations can enjoy the outdoors as we did when we were kids.
We regard safety as being the most important thing with all outdoor activities and as such we have put together some common sense guidelines for you to follow while taking part in The Bushcraft Clean Up.
As with all waste, it is wise to take some safety measures before clearing up a site and we have created a page with a few safety guidelines that we suggest you observe.
SAFETY GUIDELINES – PLEASE READ
Each month we will be picking our favourite Bushcraft Clean Up and will present them with some goodies from the Sumo Survival shop and also some great bushcraft essentials donated by our kind sponsors twohundredby200 and MB Fishing.
At end of each month we will pick a winning clean up and announce them in the following podcast episode and also on the website.
How to Apply
To be in with a chance of qualifying for a reward you simply have to do one or more of the following –