Connecting with nature can benefit your wellbeing

Social Forestry Group

Social Forestry is about activities promoting health and well-being, delivered in a woodland setting. Social Forestry sessions support people to develop improved physical fitness, self-confidence, social confidence and self-esteem. Social Forestry is about having fun, leaving sessions smiling from the inside. U3A Social Forestry sessions encourage people to develop stronger connections with nature, other people and themselves through activities ranging from  practical light woodland management tasks such as bird and butterfly habitat creation, to plant, bird and insect surveys.

group of men and woman in woodland
Research has highlighted the health and wellbeing benefits to be gained from spending time in nature, particularly woodlands. Health, education and care providers are increasingly recognising the value of commissioning Social Forestry programmes.

Susan Collini, a qualified Social Forester, runs the U3A Social Forestry Group sessions on 2 Mondays and 2 Wednesdays a month between 9.30 a.m. and 12 noon.

 You can read more about Social Forestry or have a chat with Susan on 01832 733457

The wood where we meet is a 20 acre block of ancient woodland dating back to 1328

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Oxlip Wood is located near Sudborough, just off the A6116 that runs between Thrapston and Corby
I’d never done anything like this before but it didn’t matter. I went home tired but feeling energised, if that makes sense?

Good fun, relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable company. I like to think it’s like ‘Swallows and Amazons’, but for grown-ups!

Smile from the inside
Join the Outdoor Tribe
Getting involved in our social forestry sessions is a great way to get fitter, meet new people, learn new skills and benefit your wellbeing
Get active
Joining in with others on a woodland workout is an enjoyable way to exercise, to a level that suits your abilities
Keep Learning
You’re never too old to learn new skills, keeping the mind occupied and the brain active
Give to others
Your input will help benefit visiting special needs groups
Get social
Getting involved in activities involving other people contributes to feelings of wellbeing
Take notice
Taking time to look at nature and for self reflection
Care for wild places
Caring for woodlands isn’t just for our benefit but for future generations

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