Geoff Preen

Geoff's journey into the bushcraft happened some years ago whilst growing up in urban jungle that is Hong Kong. He was a keen scuba diver in his younger days and his family would go foraging once a week on a secluded beach. He enjoyed Scouting both in Hong Kong and in the UK and was hooked on natural history documentaries from a young age and this later developed into his love of plants. Later in his teens he enjoyed hiking and wild camping (before it was termed) in the remote parts of Hong Kong.

Geoff loves being outdoors and considers the woods home away from home. He is a father of two and has the ongoing joy of passing down his knowledge to them. His daughter sometimes makes a special guest appearance as a jnr instructor.

Throughout his own journey Geoff has worked with people from all walks of life including home educated children, physically impaired, cadets and ex forces personnel. He has facilitated many sessions with the National Autistic Society, numerous  Scouting and Guiding groups, local schools and community centres not to mention the general public at Country Fairs.

One of his most memorable moments was when he was guiding a visually impaired child in some firecraft (one of Geoff's favourite things is rubbing sticks), "The young man just had this incredible desire to learn to make fire, despite his lack of sight, he made up for it through all his other senses.... selecting the fuel, feeling the tools to understand how they worked, then, with a smile on his face when he succeeded in making his very first fire outdoors.... with his hands outstretched to feel the warmth, just made my heart glow inside".  

 

Geoff's involvement with Fenland Bushcraft is now in it's 5th year. He began as a keen volunteer which then progressed to working as an assistant instructor, and he now runs Fenland Bushcraft as Chief Instructor and has instructed many people from as young as 3 - 87 years young, in the Fens to as far as Ireland. He thrives on sharing his knowledge with others and is continually expanding his own. Geoff believes that everyday is a school day and one of his favourite quotes being "a Journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet" - Lao Tsu.