Green Minds is all about improving mental health and wellbeing by developing a stronger mutually supportive relationship between people and nature.
Through this programme we will learn about how to help nature thrive by creating natural habitats that support a wide variety of plants and wildlife, and we will explore a range of natural spaces to help us feel more connected to nature.
Our Green Minds project is delivered in partnership with The Royal Parks
About the project
Royal Parks will deliver monthly workshops from the LookOut Discovery Centre in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, a natural haven in the heart of London. Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city these workshops will focus on nature and wellbeing, be held outdoors, and include activities that provide an opportunity to learn about and improve London’s biodiversity whilst having fun. Activities will include:
- Getting our hands stuck into some food growing in our allotment garden. Learning how to grow food organically and the best way to compost!
- Habitat creation such as bulb planting in areas of our parks to add a splash of colour and create more habitats for wildlife.
- Bird spotting across the Serpentine Lake to learn how to identify the water birds that call our park home and watch their unique behaviours.
- Creating art through natural materials found in our parks, including making cyanotypes, an art form that is one of the oldest photographic processes.
- A stroll through the park to learn about the oldest residents such as trees, and its newest residents such as birds and mammals.
All tools and equipment will be provided, and no experience needed.
The benefits of connecting with nature:
Connecting with nature is so important and vital in keeping us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy. Spending time in green spaces can have lots of positive effects. It can:
- Increase feelings of calmness
- Increase endorphin levels and dopamine production (promotes happiness)
- Restore capacity for concentration and attention
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Reduce irritability
- Lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol (stress hormone)
- Improve physical health
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Help you meet new people and reduce feelings of isolation
- Help you connect with your local community
- Help you feel more connected to nature
When does Green Minds meet?
Green Minds is a monthly programme running from April to December on the following dates:
Thursday 21st April 2-4pm
Thursday 19th May 2-4pm
Thursday 16th June 2-4pm
Thursday 21st July 2-4pm
Thursday 18th August 2-4pm
Thursday 15th September 2-4pm
Thursday 20th October 2-4pm
Thursday 17th November 1-3pm
Thursday 15th December 1-3pm
Participants are encouraged to attend all of the sessions to achieve maximum benefit from the programme.
Who is it for?
Green Minds is open to anyone aged 18 or over who has experience of mental health issues and would like to improve their wellbeing by connecting with nature.
All participants will need to be registered as a member of Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Community Programmes.
To Register, Refer or Find Out More
Email: [email protected]
Or register your interest using the online form and a member of our team will be in touch to complete your enrolment.