Examples of Ecotherapy Projects

Activity With Whom Organisation When Notes
Getting to Know the Countryside MH Service Users in Havering London Thames Chase Community Forest 2004 O/Ts continued with their own walks for many years.
Two Therapeutic Gardens in GP Health Centres NHS in Dagenham and Havering in London. Thames Chase Community Forest 2005 Working with specialist landscape designer – Carpe Diem.
The Plot: seasonal arts based activities on an allotment plot. MH Service Users in Havering London Thames Chase Community Forest 2005-6 A year long project collaborating with a community arts organisation – Studio3Arts.
Path link between hospital and park. PCT and Parks Department Thames Chase Community Forest and London Borough of Havering 2006 Funding raised to lay a fully accessible path between a hospital and Country Park to facilitate access for patients.
Fit n’Green: Social Inclusion and Conservation work – Havering London MH Service Users Thames Chase Community Forest 2005-6 Weekly 4hr sessions.
Ecotherapy training series of 4 workshops Health professionals and teachers Thurrock PCT 2007 Part of the development of Health Living in Thurrock.
Ecotherapy sessions. Weekly 2hrs Acute ward patients – adults and older people Mascalls Park – NELFT Oct 2009-Nov 2010 Used grounds and park adjacent to grounds. Worked with ward nurses and O/Ts.
Ecotherapy sessions. Weekly 2 hrs – Acute ward patients adult older people & dual Goodmayes Hospital – Ilford NELFT diagnosis Jan 2010- June 2011 Used the extensive grounds and adjacent park. Nurses and O/Ts involved.
Well-being in Nature: ecotherapy sessions. Weekly 2 ½ hr MH Service users in the community East London NHS NELFT Jan 2010 – ongoing Using local country park in Dagenham
Ecotherapy. Weekly 2hrs People with Early Dementia Barking and Dagenham CRTs NELFT Summer 2011 Pilot work. O/T continuing the work.
Evening ecotherapy sessions weekly 1 ½ hrs People experiencing mild depression. GP referrals. Brentwood. University of Essex 2007 Pilot study with PhD student.
Deep Ecology and Therapy: weekend workshop Trainee therapists University of Surrey 1993
Deep Ecology workshops Open workshops Independent 2004 Held at various venues in the UK.
Ecotherapy CPD Workshops Mental Health Professionals: Psychiatrists Psychologists Nurses Counsellors & support workers London and beyond 2005 – ongoing
Mentoring an O/T Older People day service users Dagenham London 2010 Using the therapeutic garden.
Mentoring a Psychologist Walk and Talk group for Young People with Psychosis Dagenham London 2010 Using a local park and also an allotment.
Supporting a Psychologist Isolated Men over 50 Dagenham London 2010-11 An allotment project for male service users.
Training & Development of Team and Programme Park Ranger team Barking & Dagenham Early 2011 Explore Discover Unwind’ – a preventative programme of stress reduction and mood enhancement for the general public.
Student clinical placement support Doctoral Student UEL University of East London 2011 Six month placement. Support for two other students on shorter placements.
Consultancy on creating therapeutic environments Senior management Mascalls Park. Goodmayes and Morland Road. E London 2011
Training day in ecotherapy Forest rangers Forestry Commission. Thetford Sept 2006