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Hill Holt Health
What is Hill Holt Health?
Hill Holt Wood is managing green spaces for community wellbeing
The Hill Holt Health Programme is a nature-based therapeutic service, based on the Ecotherapy or Green Care model of wellbeing. By getting outside and working on woodland management, conservation and coppice craft activities in our beautiful 43-acre ancient woodland, our participants find their emotional, cognitive and physical health improves.
Our participants come to us with a range of mental and physical health, neurological and learning disability support needs. Some just feel low and want time out following redundancy or a bereavement. Sessions are planned around individual need and use woodland management to help you develop resilience and self-confidence so that you can better manage your mental health. We will work with you and your health care practitioner, if you have one, so that you can achieve your goals.
Our nature-based intervention schemes are designed to help the individual live happier and healthier through improving green spaces for the wider community and creating products from resources created by the woodland. This work is meaningful and develops a variety of life skills in our participants:
Cognitive skills such as problem solving and decision making
Builds physical and mental resilience and fitness through physical activities in a natural, outdoor space
Social interaction, team work and confidence
Improves feelings of wellbeing through reduction in stress and developing managing strategies
Improves self-esteem through regular feedback on developing craft or work-tolerance skills
You will learn how to manage the seasonal needs of the woodland and make the most of its resources. Sessions are planned to be tailored to individual needs and interests.
Sessions are £50 per day (10am-3pm), which can be paid privately or by personal budgets through health or social care funding. You can do up to four days per week at our Norton Disney Bigwood site, which you can refer yourself to or get a referral from your healthcare team. To see if this programme is suitable you can have two free taster days. Hill Holt Health also offers individual placements.
To ensure we remove any barriers for people who want to attend we provide a free minibus service to access these services.
Since September 2021 Allen Ford has been supporting Hill Holt Wood by providing a Ford Tourneo Custom for the Hill Holt Health programme and other wellbeing projects. This helps us reach those in the community who may need our support but have no access to transport. We would like to thank Allen Ford for supporting the work we do.
Click here to discover more about our Allen Ford partnership
Click here to discover the Ford Tourneo Custom
Coppicing, ride and path maintenance, clearing of invasive species.
Cooking outdoors using our freshly grown produce from our polytunnel and vegetable beds
Tool making in our on-site forge, green wood working using pole lathes and traditional carpentry techniques, woodland art using natural products
Help us create a woodland megaphone to amplify the relaxing sounds of the woodland.
- Would you like to learn new skills?
- Feeling the stress of daily life and would like some time to talk and relax?
JOIN OUR SPACES OF REFLECTION PROJECT TODAY!
Every Monday 11am - 3pm
* Alternating between craft and build sessions*
Carving native animals to adhorn the megaphone. Learn new skills in green woodcraft.
Constructing the megaphone with a team of skilled rangers. Learn practical and team work skills.
To book your place or find out more please contact:
or call 01636 892836