We’ve been again working with the Forest of Avon Trust, Public Health Bristol and GP practices as well as new partners Exeter University to run a Dose of Nature Bristol.
This series of sessions aimed to improve the wellbeing for those living with low mood, anxiety or depression.
Ours was one of several pilots taking place across the west of England. You can read about the Dose of Nature project in the British Medical Journal (BJM).
During the project we worked with a small group of participants who were signposted via their GP or Community Health worker. Two experienced volunteers also helped make sure the sessions were a safe and secure place for people to work towards improving their wellbeing.
We aimed to help people to get out of the house and into nature, to spend time ‘being in the moment’, relax, try new things and develop coping strategies for daily life.
Activities ranged from arts and crafts, to watching (and listening to!) wildlife, foraging and cooking on the fire and opportunities to spend quiet moments taking notice of and feeling part of our natural surroundings.
Being outdoors in natural places is known to have a positive impact on mental health. We hope that our small group and the calm, woodland environment helped improve the wellbeing of all participants.