Information for mental health services and primary care
We offer a one-year ecotherapy placement at our garden in Hainault that is free of charge and tailored for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health needs, such as depression, anxiety, isolation, chronic stress and low confidence and self-esteem.
No experience of gardening or outdoors activity is necessary as we offer a range of activities suitable for all levels of ability and experience. People can take part in gentle gardening, food growing, harvesting & cooking, orchard care, caring for wildlife, educational workshops and art & crafts.
We are open every Wednesday and Friday and offer a morning session from 11am to 1pm and afternoon session from 2pm to 4pm. People can come for either the morning or afternoon, or attend the whole day and join us for a shared lunch together.
There is growing evidence that spending time in nature and being active outdoors with others can signifcantly improve mental, physical and social wellbeing. Our programme has an outstanding track record, with over 90% of our supported volunteers consistently reporting reduction in stress and anxiety, improved mood and self-esteem, greater social connections and confidence, and improved physical wellbeing from their time in the garden.
Watch this short film to find out more about our garden and the benefits of ecotherapy.
To refer someone to the Ecotherapry Programme please download and return this Referral Form
please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to find out more.
Please contact our Ecotherapy Worker, Mirjam Johansson
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Mobile: 07525 125 057
Or our Project Manager, Kate Allardyce
Email: email@example.com / Mobile: 07525 131 996 / Office phone: 020 8477 1655
Or submit a message below.
(PLEASE NOTE: Our staff work part-time hours therefore there may be a short delay before you receive a response. Please allow up to 5 days.)
Forest Farm Allotments
end of Hazelbrouck Gardens
Hainault, Greater London IG6 2XL