Volunteering for mental health

We are accepting referrals for new volunteers for our Woodland Management Days.

The days provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment for people to take part in arboretum restoration work, spend a day outside, meet others, learn, and develop new skills.

We welcome referrals for people who are in recovery or experiencing other mental health struggles. Volunteers should be physically able to spend a day outside doing practical tasks.

The days run on Tuesdays from 10am-4pm, year round, with a mix of male and female staff.

The days are crucial to the restoration and management of the arboretum.  Tasks could include scything, cutting back bramble, collecting firewood, splitting logs, making a dead hedge, cutting up a fallen branch, cutting saplings, clearing paths etc. We also incorporate opportunities for volunteers to learn about the trees, plants and the wildlife in the woods.

Our facilities are basic but we do have shelter and we have a compost loo on site. Unfortunately the days are not suitable for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility.

We run a free minibus service from Bristol (St. Werburgh’s) to our site in South Gloucestershire.

If you work with someone who could benefit from these days please contact referrals@tortwortharboretum.org to refer a volunteer.

If you think you could be a good fit for the day and wish to self-refer then please also drop us an email to discuss further – referrals@tortwortharboretum.org – or call Amy on 07434645202