Jewellery collections named after stunningly beautiful pockets of woodlands local to Yalding, Kent
Charlotte's favourite past time is walking with her husband and 2 dogs exploring the Kent countryside and so she has named all her creations after local woods which is a source of her inspiration for her jewellery.
Many of the woods you can explore for yourself if you find yourself visiting Kent. Kent.
Amsbury Wood is in the neighbouring village of Hunton and if you are walking the Greensand Way, then you pass through this ancient woodland. The Greensand Way offers outstanding days out for long distance walkers tackling the whole route from Haslemere, in Surrey, through to Hamstreet, in Kent and is named after the sandstone ridge, which crosses Hampshire, Surrey and Kent – one of a series of ridges running west to east across South East England. During Covid 2021 Charlotte walked the entire length of the Kent Greensand Way.
Beech Wood is one of 5 smaller woods which join together near Nettlestead Green. The bluebells are stunning in the Spring and the Hop Pole pub does good Sunday Roasts . The Beech Wood range encompasses bangles and cuffs with the Kara Jewellery unique tree bark texture.
The beautiful Cinderhill Wood is found in the village of Matfield, just outside Tonbridge. A network of paths and bridleways crisscross through the heathlands and grasslands, woodland and streams and is a haven for birdlife. A total of 60 bird species can be seen at Cinderhill, including the Turtle Dove which possesses its own Biodiversity Action Plan.
The green woodpecker can be seen searching for insects, and Kestrels can be seen hovering over their prey. Willow tits dart in and out of the streamside woodland as they build their nests in the snags of deadwood. Many reptiles also make a home at Cinderhill, including slow worm, common lizard, and the adder. There is a car park for anyone wishing to visit this beautiful English woodland.
Small, dainty, tree bark textured leaves which have been handcarved before being cast, make up the Greybury Wood Collection. Greybury Wood is around a 20 minutes walk from Yalding. Up a steep hill, which keeps Charlotte fit, and over fields with the most amazing views across the Garden of England. The woods themselves are a favourite for walking the dogs and picking chestnuts. It is a great place in early autumn to collect the prickly sweet chestnuts which are ideal props for a jewellery photo shoot.
Henhurst Wood is only small and is one of the frequent woods we visit on our walks with the dogs as it forms an easy 45 minute walk through the fields surrounding our house and is a favourite route to take after the first frosts so we can pick some sloes to make our own sloe gin! My favourite sloe gin recipe is the River Cottage recipe. I’ve also tried it with damsons.
Quarry Wood is another beautiful wood near Yalding, especially when the bluebells are out in the Spring. It is is a tranquil reserve, looked after by Kent Wildlife Trust and comprises ancient mixed woodland. The south side of the reserve has mature oak and beech and between here and the old ragstone quarry - ash and sycamore can be found in the long damp valley. There are marked walking paths and it’s well worth a visit if you are in the area and there is an excellent pub The Tickled Trout which is run by the winery Hush Heath Estate.
All her tree bark textured rings are part of the Trap Wood Collection and each style of ring is named after a tree. Trap Wood is another small wood next door to Henhurst Wood near Yalding, Kent. Many years ago Yalding used to be a major hop growing region with families coming down from London to stay in hoppers huts for the summer to pick the hops. With the changing of the times the local farms have changed to soft fruit growing under polytunnels. Small woods like Trap Wood are very important to keep the balance between nature and farming and to support the local wildlife.
Waregraves Wood is a collection of tree bark textured gifts and tableware. Walks along the River Medway are to be treasured for their natural beauty, peace and tranquility. Waregrave’s Wood is between Wateringbury and Teston and provides some shade on a hot summer’s day. Teston Bridge Country Park combines 32 acres of grazed meadow, river walks, a children’s play area and of course the picturesque 14th century Teston Bridge. This country park makes the most of its beautiful natural setting on the banks of the Medway and is an ideal place to bring a picnic.
Hope you've enjoyed your tour of some of the local woods surrounding Yalding!