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Restoring the link between people and woodlands

Green Health and Access West Wales (GHAWW)

Green Health and Access West Wales is a new project in Pembrokeshire exploring innovative opportunities for green health, supporting existing initiatives and looking at ways to improve woodland spaces for access to people of all abilities. 

Improving access to green space and nature-based health services is becoming a mainstream debate. There are widely recognised health and wellbeing benefits to time spent outdoors including a decrease in stress, reduction in depressive tendencies and increased physical activity to prevent obesity. As a result, the health sector is increasingly using preventative and non-medicalised care, through social prescribing and social forestry.

Coed Lleol, with funding from EnRaW, are consulting with local practitioners to enable us to make a case for funding Green Infrastructure improvements to specific woodlands in the Hywel Dda counties. We need YOUR voice, local knowledge and expertise to help develop access to outdoor spaces for all. We need to find out what is needed to make future green spaces such as woodlands, suitable for your service users.

Does your community have a woodland which could be enhanced to be more accessible for people needing nature based wellbeing activities in their communities? Are you are a prescriber, run organisations in the community, a carer or social services professional? If the answer is YES to any of the above, please get in touch! There are a variety of different ways to contribute:

  1. Attend an ONLINE Woodland Green Health and Wellbeing Taster Day 22nd April. We hope you can join us remotely – details of how to join online will be provided after registration. Please email Gitti to book: GittiCoats@smallwoods.org.uk

You will leave the taster day with a good understanding of how nature based health & wellbeing activities could make a real difference to people you serve. As well as links to woodland activity videos and resources to explore with your colleagues and groups.


Some Questions we’ll discuss at our Virtual Taster Day April 22nd:

Q What are the main health and wellbeing issues communities are facing today?

Q What could help support people to live healthier lives in their community?

Q What would encourage all types of people to spend more time in the woodlands near their community?

2. Complete a short survey. Pick the survey that best applies to you:

Healthcare professionals (social and green prescribers, community connectors, GPs and social care or public health professionals.) https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/greenhealthandaccessHCP

Outdoor or woodland activity providers: Green Providers – running any natured based H&WB activities. Woodland owners interested in allowing access, please also complete. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GHAoutdoorproviders

Community members and potential participants: Representatives of community groups and organisations, carers and others with health or wellbeing needs. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GHAcommunity