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Explains the mental health benefits of nature and gives tips and ideas to try. Also provides information on formal ecotherapy programmes, and where to find out more.
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We’ve collected together some useful contacts in the following areas:
Carry on Gardening
National charity helping anyone with a disability start or continue gardening.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
UK conservation projects and Green Gyms.
growwilduk.com (English)growwilduk.com/cy (Welsh)
A national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, encouraging people to engage with nature and transform spaces by planting seeds.
National Allotment Society
National organisation that upholds the rights and interests of the UK’s allotment community.
Royal Horticultural Society
National charity for gardening and plantlife.
Social Farms and Gardens
Information on care farming and community growing projects, including a network of local farms.
Charity that runs gardening projects for people with mental health problems. Also runs the Carry on Gardening website.
Animal charity helping sick, injured and homeless pets.
Big Butterfly Count
A survey of butterflies in the UK.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Charity aiming to protect and raise awareness of bumblebees.
Campaign to help protect hedgehogs.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Animal charity working to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals in England and Wales.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Campaigning and conservation projects to protect wildlife and restore habitats.
Canal and River Trust
canalrivertrust.org.uk (English)canalrivertrust.org.uk/cymraeg (Welsh)
Looks after canals, rivers and locks in England and Wales.
Forestry Commission England
Works to protect England's woods and forests.
National Garden Scheme
Lists gardens and walks open to the public across England and Wales.
Lists walks and open gardens, parks and estates that you can visit.
Natural Resources Wales (Cyfoeth Naturiol)
Oversees and protects natural sites in Wales.
Protects trees and forests in the UK.
Lets Walk Cymru
Network of health-walk schemes in Wales.
Charity whose goal is to protect people’s ability to enjoy being outdoors on foot.
Walking for Health
Network of health-walk schemes in England.
Offers facilitated courses in wilderness therapy.
National database of volunteering opportunities locally around the UK. Lists all kinds of volunteering work, including nature-related opportunities.
National charity which offers environmental volunteering opportunities to improve local communities.
The Wildlife Trusts
Organisation made up of local membership groups which care for nature sites.
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