WellnessNWellies is a well-being sustainable horticulture project open to everyone that will combine classes in food growing, cooking and nature therapy. The aim of the project is to enhance people’s well-being and quality of life:
- Mental – build resilience and strategies for good mental health. Increasing knowledge of food and healthy lifestyles
- Physical – keep people active through gentle exercise, being and exploring outdoors in nature
- Emotional – building new friendships and support networks locally, community connectedness and accessibility
The venue our beautiful, RHS award winning community garden at Kempshott, Stratton Park, Basingstoke.
As part of this project we are offering all schools in Basingstoke a free Nature Hour inviting 10 students at a time to spend one hour learning at our community garden.
The sessions will be led by qualified Forest School Practitioners and Horticulturists. The Nature Hour Sessions will focus on exploring the natural world in a community garden and woodland setting, helping children to understand and process risk and develop a deep sense of self-esteem, express themselves and build their confidence.
Activities will include bushcraft, den and shelter making using tarpaulins and ropes, sow seeds, making bird boxes, bird watching, growing food, upcycling, campfire activities, games and play.
Children will be in a natural setting, learning about the outside environment and have a safe, secure and colourful environment to learn, socialise, play, grow and develop.