Enabling older and vulnerable adult community groups to experience Westonbirt’s unique landscape and its therapeutic benefits to health and wellbeing.
The programme also offers sensory outreach visits to the wider community.
A therapeutic nature-based programme of hands-on activities for mental health and wellbeing.
Sessions aim to restore a sense of calm through facilitated visits, which invite individuals to share quality time with others in the group.
Participants will discover the beauty of Westonbirt and learn news facts and skills.
Within the Westonbirt Wellbeing programme we can offer:
One day visits
One day three hour single visits suited for befriending groups, day care centres, carer respite groups, dementia groups, brain injury rehabilitation etc.
Full day multi-visit programmes for usually six consecutive sessions suited for mental health groups, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups etc.
Specific programmes vary depending on the season, but may include traditional woodland crafts, nature printing and mindfulness-based activities.
Bring Westonbirt to you with our outreach programme, which invites groups to take part in sensory games, handle tactile natural objects and learn about the uses of trees.
Using multi-sensory activities, the programme helps trigger memories and encourage conversations to help people share their experiences of trees and nature.
Sessions usually last between 60-90 minutes. Activities highlight the diversity of our seasons and may include exploring scented apothecary jars, looking at pine cones, bird nests and eggs, and tactile experiences with wooden tree discs.
Nurtured by Nature
The woodland programme is designed to be holistic and involves a range of activities in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
It will include a range of practical, creative and self-development skills.
The programme can be adapted to meet the needs of the group, but activities could include learning ancient woodland management skills, fire lighting and creative, natural craft activities.
As part of the programmes participants can achieve the John Muir Award.
- To get involved, our Community Inclusion Officer by email or by calling 0300 067 4852.