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Woodland wellbeing

Our Woodland Wellbeing project offers individuals an opportunity to learn new woodland-based skills, make new friends, gain a sense of meaning, purpose and accomplishment and thrive within our tranquil woodlands at Livability Holton Lee.

Working in natural environments has been proven to:

  • Increase general mental wellbeing
  • Reduce depression, anxiety and stress
  • Increase social contact, inclusion and a sense of belonging

  • Improve happiness and quality of life
  • Increase a sense of peace and relaxation
  • Increase work skills, meaningful activity and satisfaction

Who is it for?

Our programmes support a wide range of individuals including those with a disability, people living with mental health illness and individuals looking to improve their wellbeing through learning new skills, connecting with nature and working with other people in a team.

When does it happen?

We currently have sessions running on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 3pm. Spaces are limited, but Big Lottery funding currently allows this to happen at no cost to the participant.

The woodland wellbeing programme is run by skilled and experienced staff and might include:

  • Learning about traditional crafts of coppicing an charcoal making
  • Splitting firewood, producing kindling, creating pea sticks and besom brooms
  • Exploring nature trails, visiting the bird-hides or practicing mindfulness in a woodland setting

  • Developing new skills through practical woodland management and green-woodworking activities (for example, using hand tools to make a garden dibber or stool or weaving willow.)
  • Building campfires and whittling elder twigs into whistles and other creations

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