Woodland Therapy

Woodland Therapy

Touching a tree © Matthew Roberts

Thanks to a generous donation from The National Lottery Community Fund and match funding from the Nineveh Charitable Trust, the Woodland Therapy project seeks to use the natural environment to promote mental health and well-being using the Forest School approach. It complements mainstream mental health provision by building self-esteem, self-confidence and independence in adults struggling with mental health illnesses.

The sessions are run outdoors at the Bouldner Forest Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight, with participants taking part in nature based activities. These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to experience the benefits of nature on our mental health.

Cooking marshmallows over campfire © Adrian Clarke

Cooking marshmallows over campfire © Adrian Clarke 

Woodland therapy is an absolute must for me every week. As soon as I get to Bouldnor my head goes quiet, a total positive extreme to the chaos that usually reigns. Nothing is expected of you, nor are you judged by your mental illness. It’s great to be treated as an equal.
Woodland Therapy participant