Nature as a respite
We have been working with our wonderful partners The Royal Parks to carry out a pilot project in April 2022 called Green Minds, a nature connection programme that supports positive mental health.
About the programme:
The programme aims to combine expertise from both organisations for the benefit of a group of people facing mental health challenges, by providing tailored access to nature.
Each month members of the group attend meetups in Hyde Park and participate in activities aimed to improve wellbeing and increase connection to nature. Participants learn about how to help nature thrive by creating natural habitats that support a wide variety of plants and wildlife, and exploring natural spaces.
Activities can include anything from sweeping for insects across the park’s vast meadows to tuning into the senses to practice mindfulness by listening and recording nature’s sounds. Following the meadow sweeping activity, one participant reported he was amazed at how much wildlife there is to observe, saying it made him feel alive.
The pilot project will continue until the end of 2022, and at this stage is showing a lot of potential to continue even further into the future.
Read the Blog put together by Royal Parks here!
Posted on: 20th July 2022