We know that spending time in an orchard improves our sense of wellbeing and we want to share this experience with as many people as possible.
That’s why we’re running a series of community workshops to help more people connect with nature, thanks to a grant from the Rank Foundation.
Working with community leaders in urban areas of high deprivation with poor access to nature, we’re bringing people together to help reduce isolation and loneliness, build social connections and strengthen communities.
“Being active outdoors is good for our physical and mental health, as well as building skills and confidence,” explained Stephanie Irvine, who is leading the project. “Our aim is to create a safe and supportive environment where people can actively engage with nature, and enjoy all the benefits that brings.”
A key aim of this project is to promote reflection and mindfulness, which will help build more resilient communities overall.
Workshops will include mindfulness and meditation, practical horticultural sessions such as pruning and tree aftercare, and apple harvesting and juicing.
Keep an eye on our events page for the workshop dates as they become available. If you’re in London, sign up now for our first OrchardBlitz on 1st July (£5 – but with concessions for those who are unable to pay).
2022 marks 50 years of giving by the Rank Foundation. To celebrate significant milestone, they launched Golden Awards: Reducing isolation and loneliness, including mental well-being and are awarding £20k to 50 different causes.