Throughout the programme participants will develop skills and confidence that will support their wellbeing and improve self-esteem. The programme is completely free to participants.
The Oak Tree Project was inspired by our women’s project and was co-designed with our Woodland Management volunteers. We wanted people who might not be able to join the Tuesday Management day due to the time commitment or the physical nature of the work to experience the beneficial impact of Tortworth Arboretum.
After a successful pilot project which ran from May 2022 to April 2023 we have now secured further funding to continue the project.
What to expect
Sessions run term time only on a Thursday from 11.00 am to 2.15 pm.
We offer free transport from Kingswood and Yate as well as hot drinks and a healthy vegetarian meal cooked on the fire.
We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to experience the mental health benefits of being active in the woods, learning new skills and connecting with nature and other people.
Joining a group can be overwhelming. Here’s what one of the people attending the Oak Tree project manages their anxiety before coming to the group:
Activities vary from walks around the arboretum to crafts with natural materials and cooking on the fire to learning about the ecology of the woods and the botanical tree collection we have.
People who attend the project enjoy the connection with others and say that they can be themselves without fear of judgement.