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.
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