BRINGING WOODLANDS TO LIFE

Social Forestry for Partner Organisations


Social Forestry comprises of health and well-being programmes run in a woodland setting, often involving woodland management tasks or woodland craft activities. Programmes are designed to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and social interaction, whilst connecting with nature.

This page aims to answer:

 What Social Forestry Programmes do we offer for partner organisations?


We offer a variety of social forestry programmes across Wales and in the West of England.

Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) encourages new partner organisations to get in touch. We work with a wide variety of local and national organisations and tailor social forestry programmes to specific audience requirements. We work with adults with various needs, as well as families.

You can find out what is happening near you on Our Projects page.

 Please get in touch to find out more. Contact Coed Lleol Manager Amie Andrews: [email protected]

Who do we work with already?


Partners and supporters of Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) may be organisations in a local Actif Woods Wales project area, individuals who have share professional experience on our Advisory Board, or those who input to our projects in many other ways. For example, we have strong working relationships with regional MIND and Sure Start Hubs.

Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) partner organisations across Wales include:

  • Anglesey and Gwynedd: Flying Start Anglesey, Anglesey County Council, Blaen Y Coed, Tyddyn Mon (College for people with learning and physical disabilities), Hafal, Gorwel, Tan Y Maen (Mental Health Group), GISDA.
  • Denbighshire and Wrexham: Woodland Skills Centre, Flintshire Mind, Denbighshire County Council
  • Ceredigion and North West Powys: Dyfi Valley Outdoor Health Network, EcoDyfi, Borth GP Surgery, Dyfi Valley Health, Tai Ceredigion housing association, Drugaid, Mind Aberystwyth, Ceredigion County Council,
  •  Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf: Flying Start Rhondda Cynon Taf, Hafal, Gofal, Venture Out, Merthyr County Council, Pinewood House (Mental Health Care Home), Ysbyty George Thomas (Mental Health Facility), Drinkwise, Age well, Catrefi Cymru, Shaw Healthcare, Accomplish and Priory.

 What are the benefits of Social Forestry?


 There is a robust and extensive body of research that suggests spending time in nature improves physical and mental wellbeing and decreases mortality. Research regarding Social Forestry projects run by Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) have shown two predominant benefits. Firstly, an improvement in positive relationships via social contact, thus decreasing isolation. Secondly, an improvement in perceived physical and mental wellbeing from time spent in nature doing physical activities (check our our Success Stories!).

Feedback from Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) Social Forestry session participants includes:

“My mental health is a lot better. Less stressed and more patient. If I am feeling stressed, I just go for a walk in the woods!”

(Actif Woods Wales Gwynedd participant)

  “Being in the woods really made changes in my children. My son is now so much more confident and happier around people. My daughter loves to play with mud and water, she is only 1 year old”

 (Neath Port Talbot Family Group participant)

 “I cannot thank Actif Woods enough for helping to make my world a little larger. I already spent a fair bit of time walking in the woods but was feeling a bit lost and directionless, the Actif Woods sessions helped me to feel connected again. I am making more effort to use my walks to improve my fitness and the new skills I have, have made me feel more engaged with the outdoors."

(Actif Woods Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf participant)

For more information on the connection of humans and nature, have a look at our Social Forestry for Participants page.

 How to refer service users to Coed Lleol woodland sessions


Get in touch! We love to work with new organisations and can create  a bespoke six-week programme of woodland sessions for your service users. Alternatively, individuals can join our existing programme of sessions.

Find out what is already available in your area, or click here to refer participants via our online form.

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