Craft Wood is based at the heart of a 12 hectare woodland. Here Craft Wood has a simple wood work area and a budding craft base.
The woodland is a mixed conifer/ deciduous planting with a degree of natural regeneration – particularly ash,birch,holly, sycamore and beech. The main planting is made up of pines, larch and scattered field maple. 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 and 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, owls, sparrowhawks – as well as rabbits, frogs, wood mice, shrews. Bats, foxes, wild orchids and deer have also been spotted.
The woodland is planted on reclaimed land and is working case case study in re-wilding – nature’s ability to regenerate. The site was once the location of a reportedly handsome farm , that was then quarried. The site was then taken on by DCC and subsequently in-filled and planted as a woodland. Over the years in has a become something of a sanctuary – in terms of the valuable habitats it contains.
The aim is to manage the woodland as a sheltered craft enterprise project and to enhance the bio-diversity and the sustainability of the site – and to further develop the project as a wider hub to get people active and engaged in looking after and improving our shared environment and taking on the challenges of a changing global climate.