Bluebell Bushcraft specialises in outdoor education, Forest School sessions and bushcraft training.

We provide a range of opportunities to enjoy and experience the wonderful nature which Britain has to offer, and offering the chance to learn key woodland skills and crafts.

About Me...

Matt Harder

Owner, Bluebell Bushcraft

Bluebell Bushcraft is run by me, Matt Harder, based in the picturesque South Downs of Sussex.

I'm a qualified teacher and Forest School leader with over 10 years experience teaching survival and Bushcraft skills.

Ever since I was small, I loved being outdoors.

Whether it was woodland, hillside or coastline, I was always happiest in my wellies and waterproofs!
My years in education have shown that it is becoming increasingly more important that children connect with our landscape, not only to understand the impact that we have on it, but also the impact it can have on us. We need to be able to take time to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty around us, or we might find that one day, it has disappeared without us noticing.

Fully insured by Birnbeck Insurance

Fully DBS checked

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Qualified Teacher Status

First Aid Trained

Level 2 Catering Food Hygiene

NEW Book!

Campfire Cooking with Kids

This book is a collection of tasty recipes which I have used in my bushcraft and Forest School sessions, with a range of group ages and sizes.

All the recipes are allergen and dietary friendly.

Click HERE to order your copy

Wilderness Kids Holiday Camp 2021

The kids had a great time on the wilderness kids holiday camp this year. this video is a highlights reel of some of the best bits.


As both a Primary School teacher and Forest School leader, I am passionate about the way children are educated, and how they learn about and experience the world around them.

I firmly believe that the ethos of Forest School is entirely transferable to the non-woodland settings of everyday classroom practice. The key elements which enable successful learning in Forest School settings can be applied to teaching any subject to any age of learner.


Alongside the Forest School, CPD and Inset training within schools, I also offer bespoke parties and birthday parties, family and friend get togethers and corporate team building event days.

All necessary Covid-19 precautions are taken, following government guidelines to ensure social distancing where appropriate, and providing a safe environment in which to enjoy the outdoors.


Tailored to your individual requirements, my outdoor adventure and Bushcraft parties are perfect for adventure seeking youngsters.  



Why not book a family and friends day, with time to spend enjoying the natural environment and learning a few woodland crafts at the same time.



For businesses and organisations who want to empower, inspire and relax their staff, Bushcraft and team building events are the ultimate pick-me-up.