What we do
On Tuesdays we carry out general maintenance work in the arboretum. It is a small group and we aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for volunteers to experience the mental health benefits of being active in the woods.
These are gentle days aimed at restoring and managing the tree collection, as well as upkeep of the site for other visitors and events, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We do a variety of practical tasks including bramble bashing, scything, undercutting rhododendron, planting trees, creating wildlife habitats, and sawing and splitting firewood, as well as learning about the ecology of the woods and the botanical tree collection we have.
Why we do it
We believe that volunteering with us enhances wellbeing, and can provide a stepping stone towards further training and paid employment, particularly for individuals who are long-term unemployed, recovering from alcohol or drug dependency, have low self esteem, or other mental health challenges.
No previous experience necessary!
We welcome volunteers who want to learn about woodland management, wildlife, exotic trees, and the use and maintenance of hand tools – we provide basic training on all of these areas. We don’t crack a whip! But volunteers do need to be physically able to do practical tasks and spend a day outside in the woods.
Priority for spaces is given to referrals from mental health organisations, support workers, GPs and social prescribers. If we have spare places we can also work with people who self-refer for their mental health.
The day takes place weekly on a Tuesday throughout the year, starting at 10.00am and finishing around 4pm with a lunch break. We provide a free minibus service from Bristol and Bradley Stoke for all our volunteers.
We accept referrals from local organisations as well as self-referrals. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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