The Wellbeing Programme uses outdoor activity in nature as a therapeutic measure to prevent ill-health and support mental health recovery. The clinical model that underpins the work we do is based on the Biophilia hypothesis of Edward O. Wilson (1984) and the evidence-based practice 'Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give'.

The programme in Wiltshire has been running since 2008 and funded by Wiltshire Council Public Health for anyone experiencing mental health issues such as persistent low mood, depression, anxiety or long-term mental or physical health conditions. There are two groups that meet weekly – a group for West Wiltshire which meets on a Tuesday, with a pick-up from Trowbridge train station, and a group for South Wiltshire which meets on a Friday, with a pick-up from Salisbury train station.

Download an information leaflet about Wiltshire Wellbeing.

Download the application form for Wiltshire Wellbeing.

From 2017 the Wellbeing Programme will also be available in Swindon thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The programme aims to reach those with mental health conditions, in particular veterans, ex-offenders and those from ethnic minorities. There is one group that meets on a Thursday, with a pick-up from Swindon train station, and it is envisaged that two more groups will be added to the programme, to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Download an information leaflet about Swindon Wellbeing.

Download the application form for Swindon Wellbeing.

"...better than any form of medication; it is not possible to put a monetary value on the work Wiltshire Wildlife Trust does." - Rachel, participant

  • One in four people will develop a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Research shows that outdoor activity is beneficial to mental and physical wellbeing.
  • The Trust's Wellbeing Programmes aim to improve mental wellbeing with a weekly programme of outdoor nature-based group activities.
  • Sessions last for up to four hours and tasks could involve either practical conservation work, craft activities or a nature walk.
  • Transport is provided and groups are supervised by two Wellbeing Programme staff.

If you would like to discuss joining the Wellbeing Programme, feel free to give us a call for a confidential chat on 01380 736098, or send us an email to Wiltshire Wellbeing or Swindon Wellbeing.

Wiltshire Wellbeing staff:

Nick Self
Dave Turner

Tel: 01380 829051

Swindon Wellbeing staff:

Keeley Hampton
Jo Woodhams

Tel: 01380 736099

Wellbeing Programme Administrator:

Melanie Vincent

Tel: 01380 736098


Watch Nick Self, Wellbeing Programme staff member, show you the work his team have been doing at Devizes and Roundway Orchard.