Discover Bushcraft is founded by Helen Payne.


Over the last 20 years or so I have been teaching children and teenagers bushcraft and camp skills through my professional work and my role as a Girl Guide leader.  I have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of organizations where, in different roles, I have delivered a wide array of bushcraft and outdoor based activities to a diverse range of groups and individuals.  From running Nature Club days for 5-12yrs days or co-ordinating and delivering the Out There programme for 13-15 yrs struggling with mainstream education. Nature and bushcraft skills have always been at the center of my work.

I have seen firsthand the benefits people gain from spending time learning about and enjoying the natural world; confidence and motivation improve and stress levels can be reduced, the benefits can be enormous.

I have learned my bushcraft skills from some of the best in the industry, including great people from the Scouts and Guides movements. I continue to learn and develop my skills, attend courses, read up and of course, have a great time trying new bushcraft skills. 

Feedback from my assessment for the Accredited practitioner qualification from the institute of outdoor learning said: “The assessors felt you were a committed, authentic and honest practitioner with a deep-seated passion for working with both people and cherishing nature.”

Qualifications and Experience

Helen is:

  • Fully insured
  • An Accredited Practioner with the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • DBS checked
  • 20 years of bushcraft skills
  • Experienced group leader
  • Experienced young person mentor
  • Camp leader
  • Wilderness Trail facilitator
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Trainer for adults working with young people
  • Girl Guide Leader

Danny Yates

DannyOutdoor junky and tree monkey. Danny’s first outdoor experience was inspired by Lofty Wiseman’s ‘SAS Guide’, this provided much outdoor fun and entertainment. From this, he continues to deepen his knowledge in all aspects of outdoor activity and education.

He has worked with young people and adults from a variety of needs and backgrounds over many years and now combines this with his love of all things outdoors to deliver authentic outdoor experiences that inspire participants.

He enjoys reading, snowboarding, tree climbing, scouting, bushcraft, wild camping, sketching/doodling, and cooking.

Danny works with school groups, holiday clubs, and adult groups for Discover Bushcraft.

Steve Mullins

SteveFor the past 8 years, Steve has had fun working with children of all ages and abilities, as a TA and LSA in primary schools and nursery, as a private tutor and a workshop leader. He loves to pass on what he has learned during his time on planet Earth and believes that everyone can enjoy learning. He has a degree in chemistry, is a trained actor, and has recently started performing his poetry. He loves the outdoors and nature, just how much is summed up in a poem he wrote during lockdown titled ‘Nature’.

Steve works with school groups for Discover Bushcraft


Simon Payne

SimonSimon enjoys working with children and has done for the past 18 years, he works mainly with Primary School children providing fun and engaging Maths Workshops.  Simon likes hands-on activities and enjoys being outside. He also enjoys having a good joke.

Simon works with school groups for Discover Bushcraft