Learn Ray Mears-style survival in the 'wilderness' of Woodthorpe Grange Park
WOODTHORPE Grange Park might not be the most remote place in the world – but people will have the chance to pick up life-or-death survival skills there.
New Ray Mears-style bushcraft sessions will be taking place once a month at the park, off Woodthorpe Drive, Sherwood, led by park ranger Steve Clarke.
He will be teaching core woodland survival skills, including shelter building, fire lighting and tool use.
Mr Clarke said: "Some of the most important skills are shelter building to keep you dry and fire making to keep your warm.
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"What's also important, is to teach people about what can be eaten in the wild. Most people think there is hardly anything, but you can make tea from all sorts of things, like nettle and pine needles and eat the fruit on trees."
The next session is on Saturday, April 6, and 12 people are already signed up.
Among them is Emily Doughty, 26, of Beech Avenue, Bingham, who will be taking her husband, Steve, 29, as well as two-and-a-half year-old son Geoffrey.
Mrs Doughty said: "I think those skills are really important and useful.
"They might come in handy when we break down somewhere, or go camping."
One of the most important skills, she added, was making fire without lighters or matches.
"We learnt it when I was a part of Langar Scouts.
"We tried it lots of times but it always took ages, so we had to get the Scout leaders to do it.
"I also think it is important for kids to learn about outdoor skills, especially because they spend so much time indoors these days.
"It will bring them closer to nature, make them appreciate it more and hopefully it will make them litter less."
Joe Thompson, who volunteers as shadow community ranger for the Forestry Commission at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, said the benefits of woodland survival skills were huge.
He added: "I supervise bushcraft workshops for kids about once a week at the forest and they love it.
"Kids who might be fidgety in the classroom, because they're the more practical type, always experience lots of successes when they do our workshops."
Sessions cost £5 per person. Places are limited and booking is recommended. To make a reservation, call 0115 915 2733.