The Woods

Craft Wood is based at the heart of a beautiful 12 hectare woodland.

The woodland is a mixed conifer/ deciduous planting with a degree of natural regeneration – particularly ash,birch,holly, sycamore and a developing under-story of beech. The main planting is Corsican Pines. The woodland contains several flat areas; overall the site is gently sloping and sheltered in the lee side of the river Amber valley (on the hillside up to Crich) from the predominant south westerly winds. There are seasonal wet areas which have an increasingly important role in slowing down the water cycle. There is a stream (Boggy Brook) that runs along a boundary edge.

The woods contain a valuable open grass habitat that in summer is a haven for butterflies, day time moths and dragon flies. There are pair of mating buzzards, long-tailed tits, robins, tree creepers – an occasional hooting owl. Others creatures seen include rabbits, frogs, toads, wood mice, shrews, bats, weasels, willow warblers and jays. Foxes, wild orchids, deer and stoats have also been spotted.

The woodland is planted on reclaimed land and is working case case study in re-wilding – and landscape restoration.

The aim is to manage the woodland as a therapeutic and creative project developing positive opportunities for people with additional support needs – and to develop the social enterprise as a hub to get people active and engaged in co-creating a better healthier future.