Forty Hall Vineyard is a beautiful and unique setting for taking part in relaxing, physical, outdoor activity throughout the year. The Vineyard is one of a rapidly growing number of ecotherapy projects (also known as ‘green care’ or ‘green exercise’ projects) around the UK which aim to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Read our Social Impact Report here
It is just another way of saying that doing some kind of physical activity in the natural environment will make you feel better about yourself.
A recent report Ecotherapy: the green agenda for mental health by the mental-health charity, MIND, details the scientific research which confirms that people with physical and mental-health problems really do benefit from engaging in simple outdoor activities.
The project's mission is to promote physical and mental wellbeing through social connection and gentle outdoor activity. We do this by offering volunteering opportunities in the Vineyard and Forty Hall Farm's Market Garden.
Volunteering opportunities are open to all members of the community, we particularly encourage people with mild to moderate mental health support needs or a managed long term condition to participate.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the vineyard or the market garden on scheduled volunteer sessions that run on a weekly basis throughout the year.
All volunteers can benefit from the support and guidance of an eco-therapist who attends volunteering sessions and participants can work alone, in pairs, in small groups or in larger teams. Whatever feels more comfortable.
We also run a monthly social lunch club where lunch is prepared by volunteers with food from the Farm's organic market garden and looking ahead, we have plans to offer 'wellbeing taster sessions' for volunteers to try out activities such as yoga, mindfulness, cooking, nature walks, crafts.
"Volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this cannot be overestimated." Professor Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Dec 2016
At Forty Hall Vineyard volunteering is offered in a safe, secluded and beautiful setting, with stunning views over London and abundant wildlife and participants benefit from:
Flourish Project volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Wednesdays 9.30 am - 1.00pm
First Sunday of every month 10:00am - 1:00pm
The volunteers are the backbone of the Vineyard, they ensure the precious vines are cared for throughout the year in preparation for the harvest of grapes and production of our acclaimed London wines.
Tuesdays 9.00 am - 1.00pm
The Market Garden volunteers play a key role in harvesting organic veg and preparing veg bags for the Enfield Veg Box scheme
Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings
Small group sessions for organisations for a set duration, working on either the vineyard or market garden.
If you, or anyone you know or work with might benefit from getting involved with the project please contact the Eco-therapists, Charlotte Antoniou and Claire Kohlis, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flourish Project is generously supported by The National Lottery Community Fund
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