Woodworking for health and wellbeing

Greenhouse 1Greenhouse 2The Green Health Team has been working on a new project in partnership with The Beeches Day Care Centre, Beeches Green, Stroud. The centre, run by Gloucestershire County Council supports adults with physical and and mental disabilities.


The Team has taken over the management and restoration of the market garden area that has fallen into disrepair. The area consists of a small outdoor garden area, lawn, patio area with raised beds, polytunnel and greenhouse. The group has been tidying up the whole place, preparing vegetable beds, rotavating the polytunnel and restoring the greenhouse in preparation for growing some plants from seed (see before and after pictures).

The group have been empowered by taking over the site and this has encouraged them all to have more input in to the work at The Beeches as well as other elements of the project as a whole.

For example the group has also spent time at Capel’s Mill caring for and managing the woodland area, strimming and mulching around individual trees.

The group works at The Beeches Centre fortnightly, mixing in other work such as the woodland work at Capel’s Mill.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Green Health Team project please contact Richard on 01453 753358.








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The Green Health Team has been really busy in the past few months working on a number of projects.

At the beginning of November the patio area at The Exchange was completed, creating an outdoor space for people to enjoy.

The group have now moved onto building and constructing two hardwood oak benches, both to be installed at the Wild About Kingswood project where we are working in partnership with Kingswood Parish Council.

This project has seen us working under the guidance of two professional woodsmen Adrian Leaman and Dave Cockcroft from Wholewoods, who are based at The Woodyard, HRH Royal Duchy Farm, Tetbury.

The work started with the choosing of planking for the benches just before Christmas and initial construction. What has followed has been a great journey over eight Tuesday sessions for all involved and has enabled both volunteers and staff to learn new skills in hand crafting timber on a large scale. It has also given all involved a sense of pride and ownership in the work achieved.

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The Green Health Team focuses on improving people’s health and wellbeing by enabling worPeoples HTking together and being active. The group has been branching out on a number of small projects in and around Stroud centre and green spaces. Time has been spent by the group installing a series of steps at the far end of the Capel’s Mill site that now provide walkers and visitors an opportunity to walk along the woodland edge onto the newly created woodland area.
Once the volunteers had finished the skilled and very professional job the group took a week out to visit our allotment in Bisley Old Road where beds were weeded and raised beds built in preparation for planting later in the season. Plans have been made for further visits to the allotment this year. We also enjoyed a lunch at the allotment with a cooking workshop during which we used sweet corn, squash, onion and garlic grown on the allotment.



The group has also been working to create a new community garden from a bramble patch at The Exchange. GHT 1Volunteers continue to work on the newly created garden as well as the building of a garden shed. The team hope to be back in the next few months to complete work on the GHT 2patio designed by volunteers which was created for users of The Exchange.
The weekly sessions take place on Tuesdays from 10am - 3pm.
If you or someone you know may be interested in this group or for further information contact Clare Mahdiyone or Richard Lewis on 01453 753358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Health and wellbeing are the main themes of a new project we have Green Health Teamlaunched through funding from the People’s Health Trust. The organisation is running weekly eco therapy sessions where volunteers will be working and, in the longer-term, helping to plan and manage green spaces and wildlife areas across Stroud district.

Plans are already being made with work at Buckholt Wood in Cranham for Natural England, The Exchange in Stroud and further work at the Capel’s Mill site. We also hope to provide the opportunities to learn other skills such as garden/allotment maintenance and vegetable growing at our allotment in Bisley Road, Stroud.Buckholtwood comp01resized

Project Officer Richard Lewis said:"This is a two year project and during this time we will return to the green spaces at different times of the year to do seasonal work and also reflect upon how those spaces may have changed. The aim is to get volunteers to learn new skills, have regular outdoor exercise, and make new friends as well as to visit different parts of the Stroud district.” 

One of the first main tasks for the group (see picture) has been to upgrade the entrance and parking area at Capel’s Mill, improving both the access and drainage for both work parties and events. The group has since been tasked with moving and organising our large range of hand tools at the Capel’s Mill site - which are now in order!

The weekly sessions take place on Tuesdays from 10am - 3pm

If you or someone you know may be interested in this group or for further information contact Clare Mahdiyone or Richard Lewis on 01453 753358 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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