Polaris courses are held in 2 primary locations in Hertfordshire.

Adult Bushcraft and Survival Weekends and the majority of day workshops are held in our fantastic private woodland near Bayford, Herts.

Natural Navigation Days, some Mastering Fire Days and Birthday Parties are held at our second private site, in Wormley West End, which sits in a secluded valley  with access to 400 acres of Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve. Both sites are within 10 minutes of Hertford and easily accessed from the A10 or A1m/A414.

We also attend other venues for private bookings when required, please call to discuss your requirements or e-mail info@polarisbushcraft.co.uk.

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 Bayford Herts-Bushcraft Survival Weekends

The site is an ancient semi-natural woodland of 18.2 hectares situated in East Hertfordshire in the UK.  It is part of the Broxbourne Woods complex (grid ref.Landranger sheet 166 319085).  The main timber species are oak and ash with a hornbeam understorey.  There are also 12 mature wild service (Sorbus torminalis) trees and many saplings as well as significant amounts of Hazel coppice and Birch.

It is a hilly wood. A small winterbourne bisects it from south to north  where it joins Bayford Brook as it meanders along the north side at the foot of a steep cliff. The soil is mainly chalky boulder clay and London clay but there are also patches of  lighter sand and loess.


Two blocks of the woodland are not ancient semi natural woodland. The first, Grays Plantation was a field until 1919, the year the Forestry Commission was founded. It contains a small stock pond fed by a spring. It was planted up with a variety of trees in 1919.


The second area which is not ancient semi-natural woodland is called the Woodland Garden and it was probably mown grassland until the last war. Two large lime trees stand in the middle. When mowing stopped the grassland was taken over by scrub, especially birch and hawthorn together with some hornbeams and occasional oaks. Nowadays  in spring thousands of daffodils form a dazzling display amongst the trees but who planted them and when we do not know. Read more of the woods history...


Wormley West End, Herts - Natural Navigation and other workshops

 

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Our Wormely West End Site on West End Lane is about 2 minutes by car from Paradise Park Wildlife Park and about 10 minutes from the A10. We have a perrmanent outdoor classroom, on private land with raised campfire, bank oven and cookfire, situated on the south side of the valley in a stand of ash trees beside a woodland over looking our haymeadow, secluded valley and Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve. This site due to its situation is well suited to our Natural Navigation workshops as well as having facilities for camp cooking, and being a great venue for plant and tree walks and other day workshops. We also hold birthday parties and Archery Instruction at this location.