Forest Knights is proud to be one of the leading Bushcraft Schools in the country and one of the longest established in West Sussex. Based just outside of the historic city of Arundel with its Castle and medieval Cathedral. Forest Knights Bushcraft and Wilderness courses have been enjoyed by 100s of people from all ages and backgrounds. We are proud to work with local schools and charities providing bushcraft, programmes to meet their organisations goals using our expertise and experience to ensure that their clients learning is not only safe but enjoyable.
We provide first aid and expedition skills training to a number of companies needing bespoke in depth training from people with the knowledge and experience to ensure that every student leaves with a greater understanding of the subject and the knowledge and confidence to put those skills to use under pressure.
All members of the Forest Knights team are DBS checked and have extensive experience of teaching in the outdoors as well as having advanced first aid skills.
Wayne is the founder of Forest Knights. Having grown up in the Sussex countryside, his love of the outdoors turned into a passion, which turned into a career!
Having spent many years climbing and mountaineering in the UK and Europe, Wayne then travelled widely learning new skills and experiencing new environments from Arctic Sweden to Japan. He has also spent the last 20 years learning and then teaching the martial arts and self-protection, so all in all is a handy man to have about!
All this experience turned into a dream from which Forest Knights was born. As Wayne’s formal education was in Mechanical Engineering, the finer points of running a business and managing a multi-skilled team were not alien to him, however, as with all those who hold a true passion, the business focus never overtakes the fun aspect and Wayne is never happier than when sharing with others his knowledge and skills built up over the years.
Wayne successfully completed his Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician training at Glenmore Lodge in November as is looking forward to taking part in more expeditions as a Wilderness Medic.
David starting making bows and arrows at the age of 5. He had a 30 year break from bow making until a broken leg kept him off work for 6 months. From his first plank of hickory he bought 12 years ago he hasn't looked back. He makes bows and arrows for fun and on commission. He has expanded his interests into all kinds of projectile weapons . He is a member of the Society for the Promotion of Traditional archery and the National Field Archery Society shooting in all the wooden arrow classes.
Peter is an experienced water sports instructor with nearly 14 years of boating experience, Peter is a qualified instructor in Kayaking, Power boating and is in the process of qualifying as a dinghy sailing instructor. Peter is an accomplished White water Kayaker, Regularly paddling in Wales, Scotland, and the French Alps. Peter is also an accomplished yachtsman having competed in the tall ships race 3 times, including across the north Atlantic in 2000. Peter has passed the MCA/DoT Coastal Skippers Examination which is why Peter is the perfect man when you are looking for water based activities in the great outdoors.
A proud Norfolk boy who has spent his 33 years accumulating unnecessary amounts of information on living things. Holding a degree and Masters in Zoology and a couple of published papers. 8 years experience in conservation, environmental education and ecotourism from Borneo, Mauritius, Australia, NZ and Israel to the Norfolk broads and isles of Scilly. Currently involved in rare plant conservation in Mauritius and teaching secondary science in UK. Keen wood carver and artist and has dabbled in most things bushcraft with particular experience in the tropics. Strengths are natural history/science, tracking and identification. I also excel at being an idiot and making people laugh. I love sharing what I know and helping others to discover the natural world. See bushcraft as a conduit to get close to wildlife and fully experience the wilderness. Most likely to be found rooting about in the jungle, if you find me, make me a cup of tea! Also like raising broken and orphaned animals, from Wallabys and fruit bats to dogs and cats.
Joel was born on Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he is a keen canoest, bushcrafter and spoon carver. He has taught canoeing and lead trips in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada and completed expeditions in British Colombia, Finland and treks to the Alps, Australian outback, New Zealand and Burma. Joel is a gymnastics coach by profession so has a fantastic raport with our younger participants.
Beth is a talented crafts woman and wood turner. She has a infectous love of the outdoors and enjoys sharing her skills. Beth had recently joined us on our canoe expeditions and will be a regular vistor to Finland and beyond. She loves expedition cooking and can create fantastic meals over the fire in all conditions.
Thomas has always loved being outdoors among nature and at age 11 his childhood dream of learning archery skills came true after joining a local club and taking up lessons, this passion has led to many years of competition representing Sussex and England.
After gaining a bit of a reputation in sport it was at age 17 he became a member of Team GB with strong ambitions to win an Olympic gold medal; however, this all changed after an unexpected injury to his shoulder.
For many years Thomas has regarded the subject of bushcraft and survival skills to be his most favorite to study while also passing on his knowledge to anyone who wishes to learn.
Forest Knights believe life is a journey of continuous learning and growth. Therefore for some of our more unusual courses we invite professional specialists to lead these courses. More detailed information about each course leader can be found with the course information.