Help Save Tinder Sticks 2021

by alison oconnor in Fineshade, England, United Kingdom

Help Save Tinder Sticks 2021

Total raised £1,505

raised so far



We have helped many people enjoy the outdoors over the last three years, but COVID-19 means we need your help to save our social enterprise.

by alison oconnor in Fineshade, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th December 2020 we'd raised £1,505 with 53 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

This is awesome! With this extra money we could provide subsidised places on our events for families on low incomes. Corby is one of the most deprived areas in the country and Fineshade Wood sits within it. This will help us to provide a service to families who may not be able to afford to get out and enjoy Fineshade Wood.


We are a small bushcraft Community Interest Company whose mission is to help more people have meaningful outdoor experiences and become more confident in the outdoors. For the last three years we have been helping individuals and groups to have amazing  outdoor adventures through our wide range of  bushcraft and nature immersion activities. 


Some of the activities and projects we have provided are :

  • Education sessions for local schools covering EYFS, KS1 and KS2 year groups
  • Events and activities for preschoolers throughout the year and all ages during the school holidays, involving bushcraft, wild play and woodland exploration
  • Family bushcraft events and overnight wild camps in the woods
  • Adult workshops at Lee Valley, including an Introduction to Bushcraft and Venison Workshops - learning to skin, butcher and cook venison in the outdoors


We work in partnership with other organisations to deliver:

  • Footsteps into the Wild. Funded by the National Lottery in partnership with Forestry England at Fineshade and Fermyn Woods, bushcraft and nature immersion sessions to rewild urban teenagers
  • Across the Road. Funded by the City Bridge Trust, nature therapy and well-being sessions for the staff at Whipps Cross Hospital in partnership with Epping Forest, which is 'across the road.' 
  • Friends of Chernobyl's Children running events for children on an exchange vist to the UK from the most desperate circumstances in the contaminated area of Belarus.


We are the Learning Providers at Fineshade Wood for Forestry England. We work with the City of London on Epping Forest and deliver adult workshops for the Lee Valley Park Authority at their Almost Wild Campsite. We aim to get more people outdoor confident and enable them to learn about sustainable forestry through education and enjoyment. We want to ensure that our outdoor activities today have a positive impact on UK woodlands for future generations to use and enjoy.


We are a Community Interest Company which means we re-invest any surplus made to help more people discover, explore and enjoy the outdoors.


As a small social enterprise we have been hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions and outbreaks along with so many other small organisations, falling through the gaps of all the financial support packages.

We know the positive impact that our work has on individuals, families, society and the environment and we are determined to keep going so that we can be there for all those who need us once restrictions are lifted.


Feedback from attendees:

Public Events

“Thank you for a great morning. It has been one of our best activities in the holidays. Lots of freedom for the children to explore and play. Plenty to look at and learn. We’ll be back!”

“Had an amazing time, great as it was our first time sleeping under the stars. Lots of great information. Kids had fun and made new friends and that’s what its all about”


Education Sessions

“Fantastic! Linked well with our science topic and the children were so engaged”

“We really enjoyed the day. The activities were great! Reinforced our science work”

COVID-19 forced us to shut down but throughout the pandemic we helped families to get outdoors by producing a free-to-download range of family and nature discovery activities which were enjoyed by hundreds of people accessing them through our social media platforms.

Coming through the COVID-19 crisis, we see that mental and physical health and outdoors connections are more important than ever so we we want to ensure we can provide a range of activities for the whole community to enjoy.  COVID-permitting, our 2021 program will include:

  • Weekly Forest School and Baby Bushcraft Sessions
  • School holiday activities for the under 8’s
  • Monthly Family Bushcraft events and Wild Camps throughout April-October
  • Adult Bushcraft courses and Venison Workshops at both Fineshade Wood and Almost Wild, Lee Valley including a new Level Two Bushcraft course.
  • Low cost education sessions for local schools at Fineshade Wood


By supporting us in this campaign you are not only helping us survive the crisis and continue to provide our valuable services, but you are also helping all of those people who enjoy and benefit from time spent at our outdoor sessions.

We are grateful for any donation you can give.

Thank you



This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Portable fire grill with wax canvas bag

Amazing opportunity to get your hands on a portable fire grill with its own wax canvas bag. Bag also doubles as a possibles pouch which can be attached to your belt. Handmade and generously donated by a friend and volunteer at Tinder Sticks...who wants to remain annonymous! These retail at £40 without the bag. Beautiful craftmanship. Grab an early christmas present now! Pledge includes postage straight to your door.

£10 or more

Shout out on social media

We'll thank you and your organisation for your support on our Facebook and Instagram pages

£25 or more

Hand Crafted Spoon

Kindly donated by Birkheads Wild CIC, get your hands on a beautifully hand carved spoon. A unique gift for you or to pass on to family or friends this Christmas.

£25 or more

Campfire Elevenses in the Woods

Enjoy a welcome break when exploring Fineshade Woods. Tea and cakes around the campfire! Based at the Danish Shelters enjoy delicious homemade vegan chocolate banana bread and scones with lashings of foraged damson jam washed down with a tea / coffee / hot chocolate brewed over the fire! It doesnt have to be at 11oclock, but will be available from March 2021 onwards and is for up to four people.

£80 or more

Enjoy a Woodland Feast

Relax around the campfire & enjoy a feast of wild venison stew or black bean & chocolate stew (vegan) cooked & served for your party of up to four people. Everything will be provided to allow you relax in the beautiful surroundings of Fineshade Wood. We support continuous cover forestry & the management of local deer populations is key to allow healthy woodlands to develop & thrive. Available March 2021 onwards.

£100 or more

A Walk in the Woods

Join one of our Instructors for a two hour walk and discover a different side to Fineshade Wood. Learn about the trees and plants around you, their medicinal, culinary and bushcraft uses. Discover the animals that call Fineshade home and understand the tracks, trails and signs they leave behind. Finish up with refreshments around the campfire. For a maximum of four people. Available from March 2021 onwards.

£15 or more

Fire Lighting Kit

TBS fire steel and Tinder Sticks tinder tin. Perfect Christmas gift for your budding fire starter (whatever the age!). It also comes with instructions on how to use the fire steel and a tinder bundle to get you started.

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