Wooden it Be Crafty

 Welcome to Cromer's WoodCromer's Welcome

An exciting 3 year project based at Cromer’s Wood in Sittingbourne funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund to reconnect people to the crafts and skills of traditional woodland management that benefit both wildlife and people.

Discover the Wondrous Wildlife of Woodlands

Find out about the plants and animals that live here in this unique woodland Cromer's Wood, as it changes over time. Discover how the woodland provides all that they need.

Adventures in Woodlands with lots to Make and Do

An ancient coppice woodland offers up many unique habitats to explore as well as a range of different materials that can be turned into many things from a modest tent peg to a woodland bench, or a nature inspired piece of artwork. Discover the many ways in which coppice materials can be used to make and do.

For further information on this project please contact Martin Keelor on 07561 855612.

Mallet and tent pegsBarn owl and bluebells Heritage Lottery Funded




Check out the Journey So Far

February till December 2017

For the first year of this project we have held seven events at Cromer’s Wood exploring themes such as tree ID and the myths and legends that surround them, Butterflies and Moths, Natures’ Favourite Foods and Minibeast hunting. These summer events were well attended and we will have another series of events with different themes over this summer 2018.

We have been running ‘greenwood working workshops’ for some of our partners making Bat boxes, mallets, tent pegs as well as a hand carved memorial sign for the Quays Riverside.

Also we have taken Wooden it be Crafty on the road to various public events around the Swale area; at Milton Creek Country Park and Oare Gunpowder Works. Lots of people enjoyed making coppice pencils with our pencil making machine and news of the project has been spread throughout the area. 


Lastly in cooperation with Optivo and Families on our Doorstep we have run a 6 week Forest School program.

Kathryn Barton the forest school leader summed up the summer program;
“In my opinion this project has been a huge success and, during reflection on the last session, we were pleased to see that all parents and children were keen to spend more time in the woods and asked about future family woodland events.”


It is nice to see how comfortable everyone appeared to be at spending extended periods of time in the woods showing an increased connection with nature. There sadness expressed that these regular sessions were coming to an end.

Look out for more Forest School next year!

Can you Help? 

We are now firmly into the grip of winter so the activities have changed focus to tasks that needs to done in the woods. These will help with managing the paths and rides in the reserve and will support the role of the Warden.

We will be holding coppicing days with some of our partners; see our activity and events plan for what we are doing and when.

This is where we need your help; if you would like your group to be involved in one of our coppicing or task days then please do get in touch.

Click here for our Activities and Events.