Parks in Mind

May 15, 2018
Wheel barrow and tools

Creating a positive change through a therapeutic parks programme

What is Parks in Mind?

Parks in Mind provides fun nature conservation and other outdoor activities in Bournemouth’s beautiful parks and open spaces to deliver health and wellbeing benefits to the people taking part.

Jointly developed by Public Health Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council and Bournemouth Parks Foundation, the project creates free volunteering opportunities suitable for anyone looking to improve their health, meet new people and learn new skills. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical and sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment.

With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise and other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people and wildlife. It also includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation and confidence building workshops. You choose the activities you want to take part in and work to your own limits. No prior knowledge is required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders and the other people taking part.

Sessions will take place in the following parks:

  • Churchill Gardens, Boscombe
  • Horseshoe Common, Bournemouth 
  • Knyveton Gardens, Springbourne
  • Shelley Park, Boscombe. 

Programme of events

Due to Covid 19 we are now running virtual Parks in Mind sessions. Join our Facebook group so you can stay involved with the project and our community. Please view the spring virtual programme to see our full list of activities including:

  • Monday, 1:00pm - Yoga and relaxation
  • Tuesdays, 3:00pm -  Tuesday Tea at Three
  • Thursdays, 11:00am - Tai Chi

As well as lots of fun, nature activities you can get up to in your own home.

More information

If you'd like to find out more, have a look at the volunteer role description or get in touch with our Project Leader, Peter Holloway:

We’re also looking for people who may like to lead sessions, so whether you’d like to run a health walk, tai chi session or crafts activity we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks to our major supporters Public Health DorsetPeople's Postcode Lottery and National Lottery Awards for All. We've also received grants from White Stuff Community Foundation, Greggs Foundation, the Valentine Trust and the Stoate Charity. If you're interested in supporting this valuable project please get in touch.

Healthy parks, healthy you

When is it?

Due to Covid 19 we are now running virtual Parks in Mind sessions. Join our Facebook group so you can stay involved with the project and our community. Please view the spring virtual programme to see our full list of activities including:

  • Monday, 1:00pm - Yoga and relaxation
  • Tuesdays, 3:00pm -  Tuesday Tea at Three
  • Thursdays, 11:00am - Tai Chi

As well as lots of fun, nature activities you can get up to in your own home.

Our partners

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