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Applying our Forest School expertise to deliver effective activities for people with mental health needs, people living with dementia and people with learning disabilities.

Big Green Week Woodland Conference

Keynote Speech in Water Vole Woodland at Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Keynote Speech by Rowena Kenny

The beautiful and sunny Water Vole Woodland at Lawrence Weston Community Farm was the excellent host for our Bristol Big Green Week woodland event. It was a great success with a fantastic turn out of over 40 professionals from education, social and health sectors attending. Rowena Kenny set the scene with an enlightening and inspiring talk exploring how children’s and adults’ relationships with the outdoors has changed over the past few decades and why it is so important that we are all able to get out into natural spaces.

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Groups with Learning Disabilities go ‘Into the Woods’

Into the Woods Project

Exploring natural colours in the woods and creating a Natures Palette

Sessions run by Natural Connections to work with Adults with Learning Disabilities are being further developed through a new project ‘Into the Woods’. The development of a new partnership with the Silvanus Trust and the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth has made it possible to extend this work and explore in more detail the potential benefits. The project is being developed and run by Nicola Ramsden and Rachel Tomlinson for the Forest of Avon Trust and has three main aims:

  • To explore what people think and feel about their involvement in woodland activities and how their experiences contribute to their personal and social wellbeing;
  • To help people providing these activities to establish the benefit they have;
  • To share the results and any lessons for best practice, with other people who provide woodland activities, as well as funders and researchers.

Information and feedback will be collected before, during and after the six sessions being run with the groups, from Shirelink day care centre and City of Bristol College. A report will be produced evaluating ‘Into the Woods’ and findings will be used to inform best practice.

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