The Wellbeing Programme, funded by Wiltshire Council Public Health, uses outdoor activity in nature as a theraputic 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 and the evidence-based practice, Five Ways to Wellbeing; connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, give.

The three geographical groups serve north, south and west Wiltshire. The third group is site-based at the Trust’s Devizes and Roundway Orchard and Field reserve. Activities are led by fully trained supervisors and are free to attend.  Sessions last for up to four hours and include conservation habitat management, crafts and wildlife identification in a relaxed setting.

"...better than any form of medication, it is not possible to put a monetary value on the work that 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 Wellbeing Programme aims to improve mental wellbeing with a weekly programme of outdoor nature based group activities.
  • Transport is provided and groups are supervised by two Wellbeing Programme staff.
  • Since 2008 we have been funded by Wiltshire Council Public Health to provide activities for anyone experiencing mental health issues such as persistent low mood, depression, anxiety or long-term mental or physical health conditions.

If you would like to discuss joining the Wellbeing Programme, feel free to give us a call for a confidential chat on 01380 829079. Or contact the team by email:

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