Craft Wood is a therapeutic woodland project. We are set up to offer outdoor learning, creative experiences and activities – especially to people who need additional support.
We specialize in supporting people with a learning disability and people diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. The aim is to develop a budding sheltered enterprise – providing people who need some extra support an opportunity to get involved in the local economy.
We aim also to work with young people seeking a specialized forest school program – based on re -engagement and individually tailored programs/ and to develop an alternative vocational forest college award.
Our goal is to help people develop and thrive- using a person centred, project orientated approach – that embraces the positive space and scope of the woods- and focuses on nurturing interests and developing life skills.
We are located just outside the village of South Wingfield – along Inns Lane, in sight of the historic Wingfield Manor.
Access to the project is via Inns Lane. We now have a basic car park within the woodland for people who need to drive in – It can be a little bumpy/muddy as you enter initially through the farm yard – don’t let that put you off. Alternatively you can park by the farm entrance.
We encourage people to walk and cycle in – if they can – or to enjoy the small walk in after parking up – enjoying the transition a walk in provides – its sense of slowing down. The site at present has a simple network of paths, with some slopes – and several large cleared activity areas – including a main work base and a large compost toilet. The aim is to retain the feel of being in a wild environment, whilst working to improve accessibility – and to develop/improve the link to the Alfreton-Crich bus route.
Craft Wood is place where you can feel included, supported and find the tools you need.