The Forge

Our story

The Forge provides a space for people to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature, by staying in our eco-glamping accommodation and immersing themselves in one of our many courses and events, which we host throughout the year. Founded on the principles of sustainability and rewilding, helping others to rekindle a love and appreciation for the natural world is at the heart of everything we do.

The Forge opened in 2018 with just “three tents in a field”, for people to come and enjoy an introduction to glamping. We soon realised that people were fascinated by our vision to live more sustainably and to restore our beautiful little corner of Wales to its former natural beauty. We also realised that after the global pandemic of 2020, people were desperate for a safe place to be outside with friends and family and needed space to focus on their mental health and wellbeing.

Now more than just a place to stay, The Forge has become a magical place for people from all walks of life to come and enjoy and learn about the benefits of the great outdoors and reconnecting with nature. We offer a whole range of events and courses throughout the year, ranging from family canoe and bushcraft weekends, to restorative wild wellness retreats, plus trail running and wild swimming camps for those seeking a bit more adventure.

We also give all our guests the opportunity to visit our smallholding and learn about our sustainable living projects which include growing our own food, planting native tree species, and restoring our natural wetland areas.

And if you are just looking for a space for you and your nearest and dearest to be together, whilst also socially distancing, you can book the whole site and make it your own for a few days, completely hidden away from the stresses of the modern world, and where you are guaranteed not to see another soul.

THE TEAM

Founded in 2018 by husband-and-wife team, Jamie and Sheena Corry, The Forge has brought to life their long held dream of finding a place to live more sustainably and realise their passion for rewilding.

With a background in ecological biology and countryside management, Jamie founded the Wild Bushcraft Company in 2010 and was looking for a Welsh base for his wide range of bushcraft and outdoor living skills that he runs across the UK. He is passionate about wild food and has spent many years working as a deer stalker, which is evident through the major role that wild venison plays in his courses, as well as at home in the kitchen! He is also a self-confessed tree lover and when not to be found in the woods spends a lot of his time planting trees around The Forge. At last count he had already planted over 3000…

Sheena is Welsh born and bred and was eager to return to her Denbighshire roots, home to her family since the 16th century, and raise their children bi-lingually. After spending many years working around the world to help organisations adapt to change and become more inclusive and diverse, she now uses this experience to help guests at The Forge learn more about living more sustainably and making the outdoors more accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. She loves foraging and growing her own vegetables and is a keen trail runner and wild swimmer, and is always happy to share her top tips for the best local spots to do both. She also has a borderline obsession with local vintage shops, and loves nothing more than upcycling pre-loved pieces, many of which you will see dotted all around The Forge.

Ed joined the team in 2019, an enthusiastic bushcraft instructor with a passion for all things outdoorsy. Ed loves nothing better than teaching others how to get the most out of their campfires or identify the different wild plants and animals we have around The Forge. He is also a fantastic glamping host, helping our guests get settled in and feel at home right away.

"A fantastic family night away and half day bushcrafting with Jamie. The bell tents are roomy with comfortable beds and snuggly blankets. The private kitchen area had everything you could need to prepare dinner and the firepit with cookwear made outdoor eating great fun. The afternoon was spent whittling and foraging for wood and bits to make a fire.. no matches in sight! A kettle holder was then constructed and while we enjoyed a brew we toasted marshmallows on the fire. Jamie made the afternoon both a learning and fun activity. This was a night away to remember! As we snuggled down for the night giggling together my kids said it was the best night ever!.. what more could you ask for... they are already planning our next visit."

Annie O'Mahoney, Cannock Chase

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