I created space for nature in response to being unable to find support with mental health and wellbeing in spaces that were outdoors, close enough to people to not be in the middle of nowhere and suited to people like myself who need smaller groups of people to engage with and prefer to do activities that are flexible / optional.
You are welcome to come along to the land on Mondays and Wednesdays to just chill and enjoy the scenery or join in with whatever activities might be taking place . Theres no pressure to stay and no commitment to attend on a regular basis . The maximum number of people at any one time is typically 4-6 people.
Space for Nature as a project has 2 main aims –
1.To preserve and maintain local wildlife habitat and biodiversity at the site through wild gardening and creative projects that support habitat creation and preservation.
Regular sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6.30pm -8.30pm.
Please email before hand if you are attending so we know who will be on site . Refreshments and some gloves / tools provided but if you have your own please bring them .
2. To create a space for people to access peer support through regular chat, craft and nature connection sessions to improve wellbeing and social connection.
Regular sessions to take place on a Wednesday 1.30-3.30 pm from July 13th.
Who is it for ?
Anyone who loves spending time outdoors in wild natural spaces.
Anyone who wants to get involved in a forest garden project.
Anyone who is interested in learning to work alongside nature in a way that considers what the land birds and other animals living here first.
Anyone who wants an alternative to indoor peer support groups where there is opportunity to join in activities or simply visit to spend time in the space in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.
Anyone who may experience social anxiety or needs time and space to get to know people without needing to commit to anything on a regular basis .
Anyone who has found that due to covid they need a space that feels safer to be around people in .
Anyone who prefers to socialise in small groups where there is no requirement to talk or interact with others beyond what you are comfortable with.
If you are a link worker , social /green prescriber or support worker / carer or someone interested in attending and would like a visit to meet Lex and see the space before deciding to come to an activity, we can arrange a day and time to do this .
Please note : I don’t take referrals from services for those considered vulnerable or who have support needs without an introduction and risk/ safeguarding assessment of peoples needs / capacity due to the nature of the outdoor space and activities.