Woodlands are powerful places that can offer people physical and spiritual healing opportunities as well as exercise, training and good old-fashioned fun.
Borders Forest Trust has experience of running woodland activities for those living with dementia and facilitating walking groups for local communities and volunteering groups with particular health aims.
We run several ‘Branching out’ courses annually in partnership with NHS Borders. ‘Branching Out’ is the Forestry Commission’s programme for mental health service users. Borders Forest Trust’s trained leader takes groups of around 8 people for twelve activities over a period of twelve weeks. Activities include a mix of conservation work, bushcraft, art and physical challenges such as tai chi. At the end of the course participants receive a John Muir award. Participants always give positive feedback about the impact of the programme on their health and some continue on into our weekly volunteering group.