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Community Inclusion Programme for adults

We aim to enable all our visitors, regardless of age or background, to enjoy and learn about the Arboretum and the 15,000 tree specimens found here. The Arboretum is the perfect setting to relax, spend time with others or have an adventure!

Our Community team works in partnership with a variety of groups to develop activities that support new visitors. We work with those who are unable to visit independently to:

  • Experience Westonbirt's unique landscape
  • Explore and learn about the trees
  • Gain new skills
  • Develop self-confidence and improve health and wellbeing

If you aren't able to visit, we can bring a little bit of the Arboretum to your residential care home or day centre through our outreach programme.

Westonbirt Wellbeing

We believe that part of the power of our trees lies in their ability to improve health and wellbeing, by generating a sense of calm and providing space to share quality time with others.

We provide single three-hour visits for community and health and wellbeing groups (such as befriending groups, day care centres, carer support groups, dementia groups, brain injury rehabilitation). During your visit we work with you to explore the beauty of Westonbirt, learn about trees from around the world and take part in hands-on activities.

Branching Out

We can bring Westonbirt to you! Our outreach programme is aimed at people living in residential care homes and includes a multi-sensory exploration of Westonbirt's tree collection.

The programme aims to help trigger your memories and encourage you to share your experiences of trees and nature.

Sessions usually last between 60-90 minutes. Activities highlight things of seasonal interest and may include exploring scented apothecary jars, feeling tree bark, looking at pine cones, bird nests and eggs.

Nurtured by Nature

Our multi-visit woodland programme is aimed at vulnerable adult groups such as those recovering from addiction or mental health issues. It involves a range of activities in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

The programme can be adapted to meet the interests and needs of your group, but activities could include:

  • learning ancient woodland management skills
  • fire lighting
  • natural arts and crafts
  • mindfulness-based activities

Specific programmes vary depending on the season but all aim to support people to connect with the natural world, learn new skills and build self-confidence.

As part of the programmes participants can achieve the John Muir Award.

More information 

  • To get involved contact Rachel, our Community Inclusion Officer, by email or by calling 0300 067 4870.  
Last updated: 16th February 2017

Contact

Community Inclusion Officer

0300 0674870
rachel.tomlinson@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What's of interest

We have worked with some wonderful organisations through our community inclusion programme for adults.

  • Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • P3 Community Services
  • Brain Injury Trust
  • The Churn Project
  • Gloucester Rural Community Council
  • Fairshare Stroud
  • Independence Trust
  • Bristol Drug Project
  • Cambrian Green Dementia Day Service
  • Yercombe Lodge Day Care Centre
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Cotswold Friends
  • Hunters Care Home
  • Ashley House Care Home
  • Ilsom House Care Home
  • The Hollies Care Home
  • Minchinhampton Horsfall House Care Home

Thanks to everyone who has been involved and helped us to shape our programmes!

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