It's Time to Get Wild with EDC's New Bushcraft Experience!

Adam Crolla, a survival specialist, is using his skills to prepare the people of the North East for the wilds after launching a specialist bushcraft experience at East Durham College’s Houghall campus in Durham.

Those interested in the bushcraft experience can expect an exciting, engaging day where they can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and tastes of nature. They will learn how to respect the forest, tool usage and safety, how to build a shelter and how to make tools, utensils and other crafts.

Tracey Bowman-Jones, Business Development Manager at Houghall said: “Modern life means that we are all stuck to our phones and tablets and running around like there’s no tomorrow!  Put the technology down and take the opportunity to slow down, take in our surroundings and appreciate what nature has to offer us.

“The Bushcraft course is an opportunity for pair-bonding, getting back to nature in the fabulous surroundings of Houghall, Durham.  You might be a couple seeking to build on your strengths or a parent and child looking to have some fun together.  This course offers the fun of discovering nature and experiencing bushcraft together in a safe and stimulating environment. 

“The instructor, Adam Crolla, has a wealth of experience in survival skills having worked in Canada as a mountain guide in the Canadian Rockies among many other roles.  He really is our very own Bear Grylls!  Come along, have some fun and get back to nature.”

After beginning his career in bushcraft instructing cadets in survival skills in 2004, Adam travelled to Canada where he worked as a mountain guide in the Canadian Rockies.

Upon his return to the UK, Adam has worked with many different organisations including the National Trust, Duke of Edinburgh, Beamish Wild and the Prince’s Trust, delivering a range of adventurous activities such as bushcraft.

Adam is now lecturer in Countryside Management at Houghall where he incorporates many of his bushcraft techniques into his teaching and his new experience which will be open to all above to the age of six.

Adam said: “This bushcraft experience is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors and to really appreciate nature. It’s a fantastic way for pairs to bond with each other as they’ll be working together on different tasks and have to rely on each other during the experience.

“Just make sure you bring your wellies and a coat – Houghall has its own micro-climate with unpredictable weather and we’ll be tackling the experience no matter what it throws at us to give those attending an authentic experience of life out in the wilds!”

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