Redcliffe Homes have recently funded, via The Quartet Foundation, the Forest of Avon Trust’s Woodland Wellbeing programme. The Trust’s ethos is to benefit peoples' health and wellbeing through woodland activities, tailored to need. They run successful projects for a range of groups, applying and developing best practice in this field.
The Woodland Wellbeing programme draws upon 7 years of practice and applies the principles of Forest School to deliver outdoor activity programmes tailored to the needs of groups including: adults with learning disabilities; people with mental health needs; people living with dementia; and young people with mental & physical needs.
The 6-week project included coppicing hazel and making dead hedges at Splatts Abbey Wood in accordance with the Conservation Management Plan. A total of 11 people with learning difficulties from Bristol Community Links and City of Bristol College attended, learnt practical conservation methods, became skilled at using a range of hand tools, enjoyed cooking snacks over the fire and made some woodland items like twig pencils to take home. The Management Committee were extremely pleased with the amount of work done, which should result in more displays of spring flowers and improved habitat for invertebrates, birds and small mammals.
Nicola Ramsden, Health & Wellbeing Officer - Forest of Avon Trust said “We are very grateful to Redcliffe Homes for their support, which allowed a group of people who rarely get the opportunity to be out and about in woods to learn about woodland management, acquire new skills and have fun making things and cooking over a fire together. Thank you very much from us all!”