This week's showing of The Island featuring Bear Grylls has drawn some pretty negative headlines. While the core of the programme is about survival and living in the wild, this year's twist has focused on the people taking part. And as the first programme revealed, to say the group didn't quite gel would be an understatement.
It's a shame really, because bushcraft - the art of living off the land - is a great way to bring people together. Whether total strangers or an existing group, bushcraft - especially if done over several days - helps reveal the strengths and weaknesses of individuals.
Armed with new skills, you discover natural leaders and those who are happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. It's amazing when you see it first hand.
While having a common goal such as finding food, building a shelter and being warm can help people bond, it can - as this first episode of The Island shows - also highlight the cracks in an existing group.
In fact, we're such fans of bushcraft we've just unveiled our new bushcraft centre here at Meon Springs, in the South Downs National Park. It's great for companies and organisations looking for a great day out and assessing the health of their team.
Meon Springs has teamed up with Embers Bushcraft to offer courses in being self-sufficient in the great outdoors. And there can be little doubt that bushcraft - the acquisition of skills that allow you to survive in nature - is growing in popularity.
On TV, people such as Ray Mears and Bear Grylls have turned bushcraft into entertainment. The new series of The Island on Channel 4 is due to launch next week with millions expected to tune in. While it's clear that TV has had an impact, there is another, more fundamental reason why people are turning to bushcraft.
We live in a world dominated by technology. It's ubiquitous. There is no escape. Or is there? Bushcraft gives you the opportunity to leave the modern world and exist in another. As well giving you respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life, it arms people with new skills such as how to make fire, how to forage well and how to make a shelter. Under the watchful eye of skilled bushman Ian Gosling, people learn skills that were once commonplace but are now sadly few and far between.
What's more, it's a great activity for businesses and organisations looking to develop team-building, leadership or even as part of a recruitment selection process. To find out more about Meon Springs Bushcraft visit the web site here.
Self storage. It's hardly a subject that's going to set the world on fire. But it is, nonetheless, important - especially if you're moving house, downsizing, or you've finally come to the conclusion that you've just acquired too much 'stuff'.
According to the Self Storage Association, the industry got started in the US in the 1960s, but didn't really get going in the UK until the 1980s. We started our self storage business at Meon Springs in the 1990s - and we've been running it ever since.
Everyone has their own reasons for putting their possessions in storage. At this time of year, a number of customers are clearing their gardens of chairs, tables, gazebos and other bulky items and putting them into storage, In short, they don't want these things staying out during winter and don't have space at home to protect them from the elements. Putting them in self storage means they're safe and sound, and ready for spring. Others are preparing for Christmas by decluttering their homes in readiness for a large family gathering.
Taking on a self storage unit can be just for a few weeks - or longer term. Every one has their own reason for taking on a container. That said, they do share one common thread. Not only does self storage give you space at home, it also gives you space to get on with life.