I have always thought that the ones doing the damage are not outdoorsmen and woman just people that the media portray as such, it’s much easier to brand someone that kit fires destroyed a area as outdoorsman, wild campers or bushcrafters.Given perhaps we Britons are not as free as we think we, certainly in comparison to our European and Scandinavia neighbours, perhaps we should resist being hoodwinked into the loss of even more rights. As it's a possible given the actions of an extreme minority that has caused issues surrounding other with interest to bushcraft, might we consider it's possible an extreme minority or even an interpretation of an extreme minority action, might be used to limit everyone.
Or perhaps they are fed up with people assuming they can trespass, steel, dump, set fire and damage private property?Part of the problem is that some people have spent so much to move out into the country that they want to pull up the drawbridge behind them so nobody else can enjoy it.
Sad but trueOur local council are already discussing making overnight camping illegal anywhere in the area. All because one person tried once to camp during the first lockdown on a bit if grass by the river.
Never saw it myself, but in this small community there was a huge buzz in town about how this terrible person had tried to camp overnight there.
I think had it been any other time but during lockdown, it wouldn't have been such a big deal.
Trouble is allow it once and it snowballs in this present moment, and that presents all sorts of problems.
I see a problem that used to be relevant many years ago. All bikers are hells angels and a bad sort.
Nowadays with blood bikers and Easter egg runs and many other deeds, bikers are not quite so reviled, (though there are still a few that give a bad name.)
Not all fish are the same fish, but if you are living in the sea... you are a fish.
A strange saying a friend of mines mum came out with many moons ago when we were discussing why we got banned from pubs before we'd even opened the door, because we had turned up on our mopeds!
Yes education is the answer, but try telling that to a group of bored teens, or twenties that don't give a fig about any more than having a good time and leaving with a hangover.
Already we are seeing the discussion and putting into law, our rights to protest being restricted, wild camping will suffer the same after this summer when the party crowd will not be able to go to their usual Spanish or where ever party venue, so they will light a fire and get drunk away from parental eyes, and then we will get moorland and forest fires, rubbish abandoned and police called at the tiniest sign of someone sitting on the ground and wanting to stay for more than 30 seconds!
Very well putI think the issue is complicated. It's multi stranded.
There's the go for a wander with someone and learn type of bushcraft; we used to just call it going for a daun'er (daunder ? a quiet walk) or walkabout with someone who knows their patch, their area.
It's still 'teaching' but it's not teaching that needs certificates and insurance, etc., etc., etc.,
There's the Outdoor Instructor type of bushcraft that to be honest I railed agin them having to be taught and certificated and so on, but the reality is that if you work in the outdoors as an industry, as a business, then you have to have liabilty insurance, you have to have first aid qualifications, you have to build a reputation, and keep it. It's not just personal responsibility, it's public responsibility and responsibility for others.
Then there's the 'us'. The folks who just quietly go out and enjoy, learn through the seasons, through the years, (and that matters, no course is going to give the reality of the years in nice neat weekends packages; no YouTube adherent will ever learn it all from there. Those are just foundations, a thread of interest, a trail to set out on) have the real satisfaction of knowing, and knowing you got it right and you can do it. That you are able, you are capable, you are aware and very much part of all that's out there.
I don't think we need a certificate to say so.
As far as I know, no. But there are people in the community that are taking about it and some high profile people actually trying to promote the matter. All talk ATM.Just one question ; Are there any actual governmental plans to regulate "bushcraft" or are we all getting het up hypothetically ?
I suppose if Twitter creates a polemic in favour of regulation the government will be forced to capitulate..As far as I know, no. But there are people in the community that are taking about it and some high profile people actually trying to promote the matter. All talk ATM.
but like everything it’s only a matter of time