Nick Weston is a foraging expert, survivalist and hunter gatherer. Nick was the resident ‘survival expert’ for the Channel 4 series Shipwrecked in the Cook Islands, where he passed on his skills to his fellow islanders.
In 2009, longing to quit the London rat race, he headed to the Sussex countryside and began work on his home for the next six months: a treehouse. Nick wrote his first book, The Tree House Diaries: How to Live Wild in the Woods, which was published by Anova Books in 2010.
His foraging and cookery school Hunter Gather Cook was established in March 2011 with the construction of the HQ. Nick’s vision was to create a ‘Hunter- Gatherer’ school that blended a mixture of foraging, animal butchery, outdoor cookery techniques and bush craft with an emphasis in living comfortably in the great outdoors and creating high-end dishes using wild produce.
Hunter Gather Cook runs a wide range of seasonal and specialist courses from deer and mushroom hunting to home brewing and wild cocktails — they received glowing reviews for their workshops at Wilderness Festival in 2013.
Dirty bavette. Step 2: once torched remove skellie oak from fire, place on Douglas fir base. Cook. double infusion. pic.twitter.com/ihPd4e4fBX
THE TREE HOUSE DIARIES
Looking for an alternative way of living, Nick Weston left London to live in a treehouse and off the land in a secret location deep in the woods of mid-Sussex for six months. “Wild in the Woods” chronicles this amazing real life Boy’s Own adventure – from the original construction of his tree-house – complete with hot shower, compost loo and double bed – to the planting of his vegetable patch. Practical information on every project undertaken, details of his delicious recipes and photographs are displayed throughout. Witness all of Nick’s trials and errors and the highs and lows of treehouse. Best of all finishing his day with a glass of home brewed nettle beer and looking forward to the time when the elderflower champagne can be popped open! “Wild in the Woods” is an inspiring tale of how it is entirely possible to unplug from the rat race and live the dream off grid.
PUBLISHER: Collins & Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: 24 May 2010