Well Being In Nature

Our Wellbeing in Nature project runs free, friendly sessions that are open to anyone who experiences poor mental health. It is based on the huge amount of evidence about the benefits that being outdoors in a natural environment can bring to everyone’s mental health.

 

We run 2 wellbeing walks and talk a week: on a Wednesday and Friday from 11am meeting outside the Linklater. We head for a walk on the nature reserve to look, listen, learn, talk and reflect on what we experience in nature. We are sometimes joined by an expert volunteer who tells us about birds, fauna, and flora to be found on the Railway Land with walks being themed around the changing seasons. 

 

Walks can be over some uneven ground where we may come across mud and tree roots so please come prepared. We have walking aids available to help with mobility. If you are interested in starting an easy access walk (where we can stick to Egrets Way path), please get in touch. 

 

Walks are outside and we ask people to keep a safe distance from each other. If you are not keen on joining a group walk just yet we do send out a wellbeing in nature newsletter fortnightly to keep each other connected to nature and each other. The newsletter is made up of contributions of members of the group – this includes photographs of the Railway Land as it changes through the seasons, links to nature connection ideas, wellbeing and environmental news, photographs, stories, wildlife gardens and pictures.

 

The project is based on the principles of participation and co-design. As well as the sessions themselves, the project is: 

 

  • Inspiring people to get involved in the Railway land through creation of volunteering and participation opportunities

  • Developing a cohort of well-trained volunteers to support the sessions

  • Working to develop a network of organisations that provide nature-based activities to support mental wellbeing in and around the Lewes District

 

If you would like to find out more please contact Ellie Moulton at wellbeing@railwaylandproject.org

Telephone: 07529 223 702

Wellbeing in nature at Lewes Railway Land
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