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Crafting the Woods at Stretton Watermill

1 July - 25 September

A call-out to makers and crafters to create our outdoor exhibition as part of Festival for the Future.

Could you crochet a bumblebee, felt a fish, or turn a toadstool? Create oceans of wildflowers and armies of pollinators? Knit butterflies, moths, sparrows, snails, lapwings, caterpillars, kittiwakes and more?

Festival for the Future is a month-long celebration of sustainability and climate action, taking place across West Cheshire Museums sites throughout July 2022. Climate change has a disastrous impact on biodiversity, and we need your help to populate our woodland with as many creatures as possible. Endangered and non-endangered species welcome!



  • Wood, non-synthetic textiles, recyclable materials, found objects (no plastic!)


Please consider a couple of things as part of your design:

  • how we will attach/‘plant’ your item;
  • bigger things, or woolly wildlife with frilly edges, may require a little structural support/wire so they won’t go floppy in the rain.


Delivering your creature

  • Please add a label/luggage tag to your piece stating your name, your contact details (address, email, phone number), and a description of your piece.
  • Please either bring or post your creations to Poppy Garrett at the Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD, or bring them to Stretton Watermill, by 13 June.
  • Please only bring you creations when the Museum and mill are open – check the Museum’s opening times and the mill’s opening times before setting off, to avoid a wasted journey (though the Museum and mill are lovely to look at whether they’re open or not).
  • We will display all the pieces that we receive (provided they are not offensive, are safe for display and won’t cause environmental damage).
  • Please note that unfortunately it won’t be possible to return your items.
  • If you have any questions, please email Poppy or ring her on 01244 972197.

Extra info

About the mill
Stretton Watermill is one of the country’s best preserved demonstration water-powered corn mills, in beautiful rural Cheshire. The current mill building was started in 1630 on the footings of an earlier mill. In 1959, Stretton’s last miller retired. The mill lay derelict for over a decade before being restored as a working museum, which opened to the public in 1977.

Exhibition installation
Week beginning 27 June

Public viewing
From Friday 1 July 2022



1 July
25 September
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Stretton Watermill
Mill Lane, Stretton, Cheshire SY14 7JA United Kingdom
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