Bishops Wood Centre has launched an exciting new Enhancing Nature project to help the local community through horticulture. The field centre, near Stourport-on-Severn, provides a range of outdoor education already, and this scheme enables them to reach and help different groups in the area through gardening.
A 2-acre area of the grounds at Bishops Wood has been set aside for the new horticultural area. An initial group of volunteers are currently developing their skills, with support from staff at Bishops Wood.
Following this, the project will widen its reach through partnerships with GPs, Primary care, care homes and residential and nursing homes to help those who would benefit most from time spent outdoors using the dedicated gardening space.
Gardening and outdoor activities are widely proven to have a positive impact on health, education and well-being and there is currently nowhere else in the locality that offers horticultural therapy.
Centre Manager at Bishops Wood Duncan Cocker explains: “Once fully established the site will promote projects for individuals to gain life skills, increase their confidence and make real changes in order to meet their own personal goals.”
“As part of Field Studies Council, a large environmental education charity, this is a really exciting area for us to be involved in, and we are delighted to be able to support individuals in our community in this way.”
The initiative is led by the Friends of Bishops Wood and is kindly supported by National Lottery Awards for All and will run throughout 2018.