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Rod Anderson Boyle - Green School Training Leader Rod Anderson Boyle
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Rod Anderson Boyle - Green School Founder: has lived nearly all his life in the Chiltern Hills and woodlands; climbing many of the trees in the Hockeridge Woods, Ashridge & Wendover Forest since boyhood. He has over 25 years experience of life outdoors in many of the wooded and mountainous regions of the UK.

Travels further afield have taken him from the heights of the French and Austrian Alps to the rugged wilderness of the Spanish Gredos mountains. He has followed the trails of the Inca Kings through the cloud forest of the Peruvian Andes and on to Machu Picchu. A boyhood passion for spending time in the mountains in winter has taken him to remote parts of the Scottish highlands, Snowdonia, Lake District and Brecon Beacons as well as a real-life survival experience in the Norwegian Telemark Mountains in the winter of 2007. In March 2010 Rod spent time in Alberta, Canada learning from bushcraft legend Mors Kochanski.

Having worked as a Recreation Ranger for the Forestry Commission and an Education Officer for the Box Moor Trust he has taught many local children and young people about their local environment, its habitats and wildlife. Rod also runs tracking workshops for the Forestry Commission and the Natural History Museum at Tring. He has shared his knowledge of outdoor skills with local groups as well as the Armed Forces, and aims to continue working within and being a resource to his local community for the foreseeable future. Rod has written a section on Knife Safety for the book “Traditional Naturopathic Remedies and Tips for Bushcraft” by Roderick Lane ND, RVM, MVO

Rod is currently working towards gaining his (long overdue) Mountain Leader qualification.

Rod has

  • A current CRB certificate (fully enhanced FC & Herts CC x1, Bucks County x3 & Disclosure Scotland x1)
  • A current Outdoor 1st Aid certificate. (First Aid at Work for Forestry. Passed 18/09/13)
  • Up to date membership of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and carries professional indemnity insurance.
  • CPD Qualifications in the safe use Knife & Axe, as well as maintenance and sharpening

He can be contacted at rod@green-school.co.uk

We are professional in our approach to what we do and we currently operate from several locations in the Chilterns. Mainly we are at Wendover Woods, which is managed by the Forestry Commission. Green School operates there under an exclusive permit (Number 8058), to run bushcraft activity sessions, childrens adventure parties and alternative curriculum activities for schools and groups on the Forestry Commission's behalf. We also offer corporate day activities in conjunction with the Cafe in the Woods and Go Ape (who also use the site at Wendover). We also offer a limited activity programmes in partnership with the National Trust estate at Ashridge and the National Nature Reserve at Aston Rowant with Natural England.

Rod in Canada, March 2010. Horseshoe lake, Nr Pioneer, Alberta

Rod in Canada 2010: early morning in a "Super shelter" -18 degrees C. The Tam O' Shanter was a gift from Mors Kochanski


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