Wild Health Project

Chepstow Mencap at Magor MarshChepstow Mencap at Magor Marsh

Gwent Wildlife Trust's Wild Health project is providing real opportunities for health-orientated and green exercise for communities in need across Gwent. These are being provided with funding from the Co-operative, through a regular programme of workdays at GWT's nature reserves.

Funded by the Co-operativeWith the Wild Health project, Gwent Wildlife Trust is proactively engaging with the health and well-being needs of local communities by running regular workdays and recreational activities at nature reserves. These are geared towards, and will highlight, improvements in health and well-being. GP’s, hospitals and other Health Care Providers are encouraged to make direct referrals to the project, with potential participants also referring themselves. Registered participants are being invited to try out a range of recreational and habitat management activities. As well as the environmental and therapeutic benefits, the project is also supporting with other issues people are tackling such as confidence, self esteem, social isolation and employability.

The project is in keeping with ethos of community engagement and support, and has additional benefits of demonstrating relevance to the new Welsh Government Legislative framework (Well Being of Future Generations Wales Act 2015). It is hoped that the project will raise awareness of conservation and enhance and sustain biodiversity on GWT sites, creating appropriate habitat for flora and fauna to thrive. 

For more information or to express and interest in taking part as an individual or with your community group, please contact Ian Thomas, Wild Health Officer at Ithomas@gwentwildlife.org or on 01600 740600  or (mobile) 07810 853794.