Phil Brooke

Phil is a Woodsman, Bowyer, Shield Maker and keen Naturalist. He Founded Chosen Paths Bushcraft in 2011 and is the head instructor. Phil has also been connected to the Woodcraft School in Midhurst  for a number of years initially as a student and now as Woodcraft schools Chief Instructor. He successfully completed The ten month Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership in 2010 and almost immediately began to work for the company and has proved to be an excellent teacher of the subject. Phil now works on most of  the woodcraft schools programmes. He is especially interested in traditional archery and is  a very competent bowyer and Viking age Shield maker. In addition to a recent trailing evaluation, attaining a level three (97%)  coupled with his existing track and sign score (96%) means Phil is now a level three tracker through CyberTracker conservation. Phil is also a first rate plantsman particularly interested in herbal medicines.

Prior to 2011 Phil was a military man with an Armoured Infantry unit, serving all over the world including the middle east. He completed 500 skydives and was a Demo Jumper for his regimental Freefall team. As soon as the military journey was finished he embarked on a journey round the planet going to the most remote and wild places possible, The Himalayas, India, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos to name a few, this is where the Real love of the natural world began and the journey into Bushcraft.

Chosen Paths Bushcraft is now a NCFE Centre providing Qualifications in Bushcraft for adults and young people.

I am in love with this world . . . I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings. John Burroughs

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