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About Us

Our mission is to share the simplicity, fulfilment and enjoyment of traditional woodland pursuits, encouraging more meaningful and deeper connections with nature and community.

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The Events

A fun mixture of activity, skill development and interaction, the experiences take inspiration from the crafts and pastimes of those who once inhabited the site, from Celtic dwellers to Tudor ironworkers.

No two events are the same, as each builds on the learning of our last, making your experience unique.

 

Each event is hosted by Wealden artisans using skills they are keen to pass on.

The Team

Francis Gimblett structures and hosts each experience, lacing it with interactivity, humour and narrative. Career: winemaking, cheesemaking, writer, owner & presenter at Taste of the Vine.

Pam Gimblett is in charge of logistics, ensuring a harmonious event to exceed expectations. Career: logistics, cheesemaking, owner & event manager at Taste of the Vine

Phil Brooke is our head woodcraft host, bringing the environment to life with passion and humour. Career: ethnobotanist, survival specialist, traditional bowyer, professional speaker.

Keith Pettit is one of Sussex' most successful artists. He excels in many disciplines including sculpture, wood engraving and painting, and easily presents these skills to novice or expert.

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Francis Gimblett

Founder

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Pam Gimblett

Founder

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Phil Brooke

Wood Craft

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Keith Pettit

Wood Skills

The Location

The events are run in 85 acres of ancient woodland near Hellingly, in East Sussex. Once a Medieval deer park, the woods have provided shelter and sustenance to many through the centuries. There is evidence of Roman iron working and potteries, as well as the nature-reclaimed traces of other dwellers such as charcoal makers. We have researched these historical echoes to create the experiences.

ESG & Corporate Social Responsibility: Through our woodland management plan, the activities are structured to pass on awareness of sustainability, assist the restoration of habitat, increase biodiversity and promote carbon capture.

 

Community: For each event we run, we offer a free or at-cost event to local charity. Please get in touch with Francis if you would like us to run an event for your charity.

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