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  • 5 day course

    23-27 July 2024

    New-Foundational Ethnobotany

    Based on the utility of plants and trees

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    Europe & The UK

    Dates now available for 2024

    Tracker Evaluations

    Trailing and Track & Sign evaluations

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Terms & Conditions

The information below must be read thoroughly and carefully before any booking is made. These terms and conditions are not subject to variation without prior consent in writing from Woodcraft School Ltd. Once a booking has been accepted by written confirmation, or by electronic means including BACS transfer or Paypal, the client(s) named on will have entered into a binding contract on the basis of the following Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. “Woodcraft School” means Woodcraft School Ltd.

1. Agreement

Any agreement based on the outlined terms and conditions arise upon the fulfilment of the following:

a) Receipt and clearance in Woodcraft Schools bank account of full payment or non-refundable deposit as detailed in section 2 below.

b) That the person named on the booking is taken as the client attending the course or by a legally recognised agent of the client for and on their behalf unless otherwise specified.

c) The Agreement is between Woodcraft School and the client(s) booking and is the sole agreement between those parties.

d) Woodcraft School reserves the right to refuse bookings to any party or individual without need to give reasons solely at Woodcraft School’s discretion and we will return any payment accompanying the booking.

2. Payment of UK courses

General Courses

Following the receipt by Woodcraft School Ltd of an initial non-refundable deposit. The balance of the fees are required in full no later than 8 weeks before the course starts.

If the balance is not paid, Woodcraft School reserves the right to treat the agreement as cancelled by the client(s) in relation to Clause 3 below. Bookings made within 8 weeks of course commencement must be accompanied by payment in full.

Long Term Courses

For courses requiring regular attendance over several months, after receipt of the initial deposit, (and if the course is not paid in full) the remaining fees can be paid monthly starting on the 1st day of the month that the course begins and continue for the consecutive months until the balance is paid. Further details of this will be sent out with more specific information about the course in question on booking.

3. Cancellation of course

Given the substantial preparation by Woodcraft School prior to any course, the client must be aware of the following conditions and therefore agrees to such. If the booking is cancelled for any reason the following charges will be applied: exceptions include overseas tours section 4 below.

All UK Courses

a) Cancellation more than 8 weeks before the course starts results in the loss of the deposit.

b) Cancellation 4-8 weeks before course commencement will lead to 50% of the course cost being payable.

c) Cancellation less than 4 weeks before course commencement 100% of the course fee will be required by Woodcraft School.


You may be able to purchase travel insurance against the possibility of cancelling your course and we strongly advise our clients to investigate this further.

Specific Corona Virus Cancellation

Please do not attend our courses if you have symptoms of Corona virus. We will endeavour to either change your booking or help you catch up with work but cannot guarantee this.

You may be able to purchase travel insurance against the possibility of cancelling your course and we strongly advise our clients to investigate this further.

4. Terms and conditions of booking John Rhyder

John Rhyder is available to be booked to run private programmes, events and evaluations for groups and organisations. In these circumstances the following payments terms and conditions apply.


a) To secure a booking with John Rhyder we require 10% of the overall fee which secures the dates agreed and is non-refundable should the client cancel. Given enough notice we can hold dates for four weeks without a deposit to allow time to gauge interest.

b)  50% of the remaining fee is due 6 weeks before the start of the of the course or event. These fees are non-refundable.

c) The remaining should be paid within seven days of the course ending.

d) Any travel expenses, for example train or air fares purchased by John Rhyder prior to the event taking place must be reimbursed by the client and are still due if the client cancels. Alternatively, the client can purchase travel tickets directly. For air travel a small cabin bag and hold luggage of a minimum of 15 kg would be required.

Cancellation by John Rhyder

In the unlikely event that John Rhyder needs to cancel a course, all monies will be refunded in full including any travel expenses paid for by the client, or if preferred, transferred as a deposit for another date. John Rhyder reserves the right to cancel all and any bookings with as much notice as is reasonably practical.

5. Overseas tours

Payment and terms

Due to the substantial planning demanded by tours of this nature and the need to secure and finance in-country logistics, our terms differ slightly than those detailed for UK courses.


a) Initial deposit at the time of booking to secure a single place.

b) Remainder payable latest by 8 weeks prior to departure. We can arrange a monthly payment option to this point prior to departure of equal amounts which will vary depending on the time of booking.

c) Bookings made on or after the 8 week period prior to departure require payment in full.


Up until 8 weeks prior to departure in the event of you cancelling your place all payments made up to that point, including the deposit, are non refundable. Should you cancel within 8 weeks of departure then we would expect full payment for the tour. We will endeavour to fill your place and should we be successful will refund your money in full. Please let us know as soon as can to give us the best chance of getting your money back.


You may be able to purchase travel insurance against the possibility of cancelling your course and we strongly advise our clients to investigate this further.

6. Variation of course by Woodcraft School

By its very nature a Woodcraft School course is subject to natural forces and although every effort is made to comply with the course content, Woodcraft School reserves the right to alter the course content to match any natural variables. The client acknowledges that information provided by us is given to the best of our ability but that because of natural variable it may be necessary to change the itinerary and that in such circumstances it is not reasonable for Woodcraft School to be liable for any losses as a result and that our liability is limited accordingly.

7. Client conduct

Woodcraft School clients are expected to behave in a reasonable manner at all times and to comply with the reasonable instructions and leadership of Woodcraft School. Woodcraft School reserves the right to remove any client(s) from the course at the instructor/leader’s absolute discretion without recourse to repayment for that course and against the client(s) will if necessary. Circumstances that may warrant exclusion from a course includes (without limitation): intoxication, use of non-prescription drugs, abusive behaviour, inability to meet the rigours of the course from physical or mental reasons, or through lack of appropriate equipment. If you are in any doubt about your ability to meet the rigours of the course, please contact your GP before booking. For removal of any party under such conditions, Woodcraft School will not be liable to any losses as a result and Woodcraft School is also entitled to any reasonable costs arising from removal of said client(s) payable upon demand. In addition, parents, guardians or those in a position of similar responsibility are to ensure the behaviour and safe control of any children to the satisfaction of Woodcraft School.

We do not allow the consumption of alcohol or the use of drugs on any of our courses.

We regret we are unable to accommodate dogs or other pets on site.

8. Insurance

Woodcraft School is covered to a level of £10,000,000 for Public Liability and is insured as an Outdoor Activities Provider. All our clients are advised to provide their own personal insurance cover from a well established company.

9. Liability

Woodcraft School courses take place in the outdoors, which by its nature is never completely free from hazard. While all reasonable precautions are taken to minimise the risks, the client accepts that accidents including serious injury and death can occur without Woodcraft School being at fault. The client also recognises that Woodcraft School is not responsible for loss or damage to the personal property of the client including vehicles, money, clothing and/or equipment. The client also recognises attendance of a Woodcraft School course in no way qualifies him/her to teach the course content. Woodcraft School therefore accepts no responsibility for any mishap occurring to third parties taught by attendees of any Woodcraft School course. Woodcraft School also takes no responsibility for any mishap during a course from any instruction or information not given by Woodcraft School appointed instructors or assistants. Woodcraft School also takes no responsibility for any mishaps occurring as a result of the clients failure to follow instruction. Woodcraft School will only accept liability for physical injury to a client that is shown to result from negligence on the part of Woodcraft School.

10. Cancellation by Woodcraft School

In the event that Woodcraft School cancels a course, all monies will be refunded in full, or if preferred, transferred as a deposit for another course. Please note that Woodcraft School requires a minimum number of clients to run a course. Woodcraft School reserves the right to cancel all and any bookings without reason or notice. Under these unlikely circumstances Woodcraft School agrees to repay in full all and any deposits or course fees to the client.

11. Complaints

In the unlikely event that a client has cause for complaint about a Woodcraft School course, the complaint should be made to a representative of Woodcraft School during the event in order that corrective action can be taken if necessary. If the complaint is about a member of staff then please contact the office and we shall inform you of the complaints procedures so we can take the necessary action. A complaint must be made immediately. Woodcraft School will not accept a complaint after the end of the course. However, should a problem not be resolved at source, a complaint should be made in writing within 28 days or this complaint will not be upheld.

12. Allergies

If you suffer from severe allergies from substances such as nuts etc, please inform us as soon as possible particularly if you think it will effect your participation in certain elements of your course.

13. Travel Documents

The client is solely responsible, where necessary, for ensuring that he/she has all the necessary travel documents.

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