Our social forestry programme provides woodland-based wellbeing sessions in partnership with local education and social care providers. Our programme gives young people and adults the opportunity to practice nature-based mindfulness, and build their confidence and self-esteem through learning new skills and engaging in new experiences.
Riverside School 2019
In 2018-19, we provided pilot social forestry sessions for the parents and carers of children at Riverside School, which is a small school in Worcester for pupils with a statement of Special Education Needs for Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. Based on the success of the pilot programme, we are now establishing a formalised social forestry programme with Riverside School in 2019-20, offering: a woodland-based wellbeing programme for parents and carers; mindfulness-based nature sessions for pupils suffering from anxiety; conservation volunteering sessions as part of the pupil’s outdoor education curriculum; and work experience placements and careers support at Astley Vineyard estate.