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Parks in Mind

Parks in Mind provides fun nature conservation and other outdoor activities to help improve your heath and wellbeing

January & February events programme
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Creating a positive change through a therapeutic parks programme

Parks in Mind provides fun nature conservation and other outdoor activities in Bournemouth’s beautiful parks and open spaces to deliver health and wellbeing benefits to the people taking part.

The project creates free volunteering opportunities suitable for anyone looking to improve their health, meet new people and learn new skills. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical and sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment.

With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise and other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people and wildlife. It also includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation and confidence building workshops. You choose the activities you want to take part in and work to your own limits. No prior knowledge is required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders and the other people taking part.

Sessions will take place in:

  • Churchill Gardens, Boscombe
  • Horseshoe Common, Bournemouth
  • Knyveton Gardens, Springbourne
  • Shelley Park, Boscombe
  • Woodland Walk, Southbourne
  • Boscombe Overcliff Nature Reserve

Programme of events

View the January & February 2022 programme to see what we’ll be up to. Booking is essential for all sessions as numbers are limited.

Please check the Facebook group for regular updates.

More information

If you’d like to find out more contact our Project Leader, Peter Holloway:

We’re also looking for people who may like to lead sessions, so whether you’d like to run a health walk, tai chi session or crafts activity we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks to our funders

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Thanks to our major supporters People’s Health Trust and National Lottery Awards for All.

We’ve also received grants from Public Health DorsetPeople’s Postcode Lottery, Co-op’s local community fund, White Stuff Community FoundationGreggs Foundation, the Valentine Trust, Talbot Village Trust, BH Coastal Lottery and the Stoate Charity. If you’re interested in supporting this valuable project please get in touch.

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