Ecotherapy & The Flourish Project

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

What is Ecotherapy?

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.

What is The Flourish Project?

 

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.

How does it work? 

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.

What are the benefits of volunteering? 

"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:

  • Developing and learning new skills
  • Enhanced fitness through outdoor physical activity 
  • Improved wellbeing and reduced isolation
  • Mutual peer-to-peer support, mentoring and encouragement from a friendly, supportive team     
  • A sense of local pride and engagement through contributing to a unique community business
  • A range of training and off-site visits

 WHERE AND WHEN?

Flourish Project volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In the Vineyard... 

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. 

In the Market Garden...

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

Small Group sessions for organisations

Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings

Small group sessions for organisations for a set duration, working on either the vineyard or market garden.

Get in touch 

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 flourish@fortyhallvineyard.com

For an application form please contact our volunteer coordinator Sheila Barford sheila@fortyhallvineyard.com 

Sign up to our Flourish Project mailing list here 

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