Newham Natural Crafts was co-founded by Ellen Vellacott and three parents in 2016, in response to the massive lack of any year round outdoor play and craft in Newham or Barking & Dagenham, East London. Pre-lockdown, we ran monthly Saturday sessions exploring nature based themes and traditional crafts. Through sleet, stormy winds, blazing sunshine and more, families meet at Cody Dock, a rewilding and regenerative project along the tidal Bow Creek. During the time that we’ve been involved there, we supported young adult refugees with a brief to build us an outdoor classroom. Now complete with shelter and an outdoor fire pit for warmth, cooking and fire crafts.
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