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Qualifications at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden

Pat Beach and Philip Brooke

Patrick Beach

Lead Outdoor Education Instructor / Therapeutic Practitioner

Since 2008 Pat has continued to lead the development and delivery of accredited therapeutic/ educational outdoor learning at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden

Pats professional work in nature spans four decades, beginning as a gardener/woodsman in 1979. He has worked extensively in horticulture, conservation, forestry, tree surgery and woodland management.

Over the years Pat has developed and run a number of diverse, expansive eco therapeutic projects; integrating his working background with wilderness skills and bush craft, creative crafts such as green woodworking, carving, environmental, art /craft and folklore. This has included the resettlement of former long term prison offenders and 10 years with the NHS as an Eco Instructor/ Therapist.

Pat lived self-sufficient in rural France for 6 years before moving back to Brighton in 2008. He is married with three children and one grandson. Among his interests and passions are tribal cultures, community, our connection to the natural world, playing slide blues guitar and the bodhrain, eco art, carving, natural history, wild camping, mountains, canoes…..all things outdoors.


• City & Guilds year. 1 Horticulture • City & Guilds year. 2 Horticulture • City & Guilds year. 3 Arboriculture • Royal Forestry Certificate Arboriculture • City & Guilds year 4 Woodland Management • Royal Horticultural Society Certificate Horticulture • Professional Post Graduate Diploma Therapeutic Horticulture • City & Guilds NVQ Assessors award • City & Guilds Organic Principles Holistic Studies • PTTLS. Preparing To Teach in Life Long Sector Award • NCFE Certificate Bush Craft Instructor level 4 • NCFE Primitive Technology Level 3 • Food Hygiene level 2 • Wilderness Remote First Aid • NNAS Navigation award • Restorative justice award • Enhanced DBS

Phil Brooke

Outdoor Education Instructor

Phil is a Woodsman, Bowyer, Shield Maker and keen Naturalist. He has worked with the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project for a number of years.

With a military background, Phil founded Chosen Paths Bushcraft in 2011 and is the head instructor. Phil has also been connected to the Woodcraft School in Midhurst for several years initially as a student and now as an 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 means Phil is now a level two tracker through CyberTracker conservation. Phil is also a first-rate plantsman particularly interested in herbal medicines.

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


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