Social Forestry for Participants

Wellbeing in Nature

Spending time in woodlands has been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. A chemical released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, naturally boosts the immune system. Robust and extensive studies suggest there is an unequivocal link between spending time outdoors and increased physical and mental wellbeing.

Recognising the benefits of time spent in woodlands, the Japanese government made Forest Bathing part of its public health programme 30 years ago. Today the British government and the NHS are beginning to recognise the holistic beneficial qualities of nature and is endorsing its use in a community environment.

People in Nature

Our Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) projects across Wales, and our Build a Bench project in Shropshire have been designed to work in harmony with the natural benefits to our bodies provided by nature.
In addition, we believe interaction with other humans is integral to our wellbeing. This is why we run sessions for groups that focus on nature based activities in woodlands. We have designed each session to build self-confidence, self-esteem and social interaction.

We offer opportunities to try and learn new skills such as:

  • Fire lighting
  • Woodland skills
  • Nature identification
  • Foraging
  • Campfire cooking
  • Nature crafts
  • And many more!

We provide sessions open to families and adults. Why not contact us and try one out?

Find a woodland session near you in Wales.

Find out about our Build a Bench project in Shropshire