Health and Wellbeing

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.

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. Gardening, walking and exercise can help lift your mood and reduce stress, develop motivation and raise self-esteem, while contact with others reduces isolation and loneliness, provides a source of support and helps improve social skills.

Charlotte, a trained Horticultural Therapist works on all our volunteer sessions to provide a warm welcome and a listening ear to any volunteers who might want to have an informal chat about difficulties or stresses they may be facing or to share achievements and successes. Charlotte is supported by our two Locum workers, Charlotte and Anna, both volunteers at FHV who have previously found that volunteering at FHV has helped them. For more information how volunteering at the vineyard could help you or someone your know, please contact us.  

To learn more about how we make a difference in the community read our Social Impact Report.  

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