EARTH: Mental Health Would you like to get involved in woodland and countryside activities and at the same time improve your mental and physical wellbeing? Join in with the activities and learn at your own pace. Courses are designed to: improve mental and physical wellbeing increase confidence and self-esteem reduce anxiety and social isolation improve social and communication skills teach new practical and life skills build an appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment Types of activity include: Tree & hedge planting * Formative tree pruning * Coppicing * Scrub & ride maintenance * Green woodwork * Hedge laying * Hay raking by hand * Making green wood structures * Creating living willow structures * Willow weaving * Botanical surveys* Breeding bird surveys * Woodland art and crafts * Animal homes * Bush craft (shelters, fires and cooking) * Whittling * Green skills We regularly run FREE programmes for up to 12 people at all three of our locations. Lunch & refreshments are provided and boots and waterproofs are available to borrow for those who don't have them “Coming to Minsmere is the best day of the week for me. Learning new skills, chatting and laughing, it’s the best therapy. Takes all your worries away for a day.” - Course participant Women's Only Groups Our Women Only courses have a very similar aim and course content to our mixed groups but are designed for women who, due to adverse life experiences, feel safer in an all female environment. Check out our Book a course page for full list of courses and how to book IMPORTANT INFORMATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK: WE TAKE OUR DUTY OF CARE TOWARDS STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN OUR PROGRAMMES VERY SERIOUSLY. UNDER CURRENT RULES, WE ARE ABLE TO RUN SUPPORT GROUPS FOR UP TO 15 PEOPLE. WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE VARIOUS SAFETY MEASURES TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF DISEASE. PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING OUR EARTH COURSES WILL BE ADVISED OF THESE MEASURES PRIOR TO STARTING A COURSE AND WE WOULD ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS RESPECT AND COMPLY WITH THESE MEASURES. THESE INCLUDE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING FACE COVERINGS FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES, AND MORE STRINGENT HYGIENE MEASURES. IF YOU ARE DUE TO ATTEND AN EARTH SESSION AND YOU KNOW YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS, OR YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS SIMILAR TO THOSE RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (PERSISTENT COUGH, FEVER, LOSS OF TASTE/SMELL) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND AND CONTACT US TO LET US KNOW SO THAT WE CAN INITIATE ANY NECESSARY TRACK AND TRACE ACTION. AS WITH ANY ACTIVITY THAT INVOLVES A GROUP OF PEOPLE AT THE MOMENT, THERE IS NO WAY TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF CONTRACTING CORONAVIRUS. WE WOULD ASK ANYONE WHO IS IN A HIGHER RISK GROUP FOR CORONAVIRUS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, SHIELDING) TO CONSIDER THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH RISK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE JOINING ONE OF OUR EARTH GROUPS. TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO ENGAGE IN OUR EARTH PROGRAMMES, WE ARE ALSO CONTINUING TO RUN OUR ONLINE AIR COURSES - CURRENT AVAILABILITY FOR AIR COURSES CAN BE FOUND ON OUR BOOK A COURSE PAGE.