Wellbeing Through Nature

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Wellbeing Through Nature

Thanks to Big Lottery, Avon Wildlife Trust can continue to deliver nature, health and wellbeing projects across Avon.

The project will:
• Promote the five ways to wellbeing to participants, their friends and families.
• Offer participants opportunities to gain skills, build confidence and move towards healthier lives.
• Give people access to quality natural environments.

What do we do?

The five ways to wellbeing* when carried out regularly promote people’s health and wellbeing. We use these actions in nature to structure the delivery of our sessions and encourage participants to use these actions outside of the programme:

Connect – with other people by working as a team and connect with nature.
Be Active – go walking, explore, carry out practical conservation and gardening.
Take Notice – of the weather, seasons, plants and wildlife around us.
Keep Learning – practical skills, wildlife facts, about opportunities to spend time outdoors, learn from each other
Give – through voluntary work, helping others, through teamwork and support, and by taking something home to share with friends and family. 

*Developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project. Published in
2008 it drew on state of the art research about mental capacity and mental wellbeing through life.  

Who is it for and how will they benefit?


I have been having a hard time recently and have felt very tense. On the course, I have felt this tension fall away, I feel so relaxed

What’s happening in your area?

We work in the following areas:

Bristol: Dundry View, Filwood; Ashley, Easton and Barton Hill; and Southmead
North Somerset: Weston-super-mare
B&NES: Twerton and Whiteway

Wellbeing Self-care Course

Learn new skills, be outside, meet new people and feel better!

This course is for you if...

You have long a term health condition, experience mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and stress. Are willing to be supported through a mentored course to improve your mental & physical wellbeing.

This inspiring six week course* combines the Fives Ways to Wellbeing with being outdoors in nature. Led by experienced staff, you will be supported to achieve your personal goals leading to a healthier you.

*The initial course runs for 6 weeks, with the option to take up to 12 more weeks. Here are 3 sites that the course is run at:

Wildlife and food-growing - Feed Bristol

Learning about wildlife, food growing, maintaining wildlife habitats and supporting the wildflower nursery.

Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Road, Stapleton. BS16 1HD - (More info here)
Wednesday 10.00 am – 3 pm

Suitable for people with limited mobility

Coming soon - Pick up from Horfield Health Centre @ 9:30am-return 3:20pm

Next course start dates: Wednesday 20th September 2017 and Wednesday 8th of November

Heritage Skills - Dundry Slopes

Based on heritage conservation skills and the enhancement of local green spaces for wildlife.

Dundry Slopes, the Round House, Bouncier Gardens allotment site, Crosscombe Drive, Hartcliffe. BS13 0DA - (Roundhouse location)
Friday 10:30am-3pm

Due to the nature of the activities at this site, it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Coming soon - Pick up available from Knowle West Healthy Living Centre @ 10:00 am, return 3:20 pm

Next course start dates: Friday 22nd September and Friday 10th of November

Heritage Skills - Bath City Farm

Learn about heritage conservation skills, maintaining wildlife habitats, bushcraft, natural crafts and nature connection.

Bath City Farm,
Tuesday 10:30am-3pm

Due to the nature of the activities at this site, it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Next course start dates: Tuesday 19th September and Tuesday 7th of November

For more information contact the Wellbeing Team:


The application process

We accept agency and self-referrals. For additional information on the referral process, click here or for an application form, click here.

Community Wellbeing Projects

Opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities, and people from specific communities. We can provide 8-12 sessions for up to 4 projects a year. Working in partnership, we can develop a programme that meets the needs of the individuals and communities you work with.

Horizons (Hengrove college)

A course based on enhancing South Street Park and Crosscombe Drive Open Space to support young people with mild learning disabilities to develop their life and work skills to become more independent. Working and visiting other local nature-based charities to build their confidence and connections within their community, highlighting options for further engagement when leaving formal education.

Coming soon:

  • Bristol City Council Health Improvement Team (Public Health)
  • Barton Hill Project in partnership with the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre

We want to hear from you!

If you know someone or work with people whose wellbeing would benefit from nature-based activities, please get in touch.

Please contact: 


0117 980 0393 

We are also keen to develop partnerships with other organisations that are delivering wellbeing programmes.

Please contact: 

Kelly Bray, Project Manager, Wellbeing Through Nature

0117 980 0393





FilenameFile size
Feed Bristol Wellbeing Course.pdf7.45 MB
Dundry Wellbeing Course.pdf6.99 MB
Referral and course guide.pdf1.46 MB
Wellbeing Through Nature Referral form.pdf304.66 KB
Dundry Roundhouse map.pdf300.26 KB
Feed Bristol bus routes.pdf718.69 KB