After some discussion in the geotools mailinglist about the possibility of a SWT port of the geotools swing module, Ian Mayo from the Debrief project funded the port. He also wanted the resulting port and documentation to be Open Sourced (thanks!).

The port now lives in the unsupported space of the geotools repo and is called gt-swt. During the port whatever possible from the swing module has been kept the same in order to help in a future extraction of common interfaces for gui modules.