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
  • Woodland Walk, Southbourne
  • Boscombe Overcliff Nature Reserve.

Programme of events

During lockdown 3 we'll be running a virtual programme.

View the January & February 2021 programme to see what we'll be up to. Booking is required for some online sessions and is essential for all face-to-face sessions.

Please check the Facebook group for regular updates. 

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:

  • Tel: 07384 790048
  • Email:
  • Join our Facebook group

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 Dorset, People'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?

During lockdown 3 we'll be running a virtual programme.

View the January & February 2021 programme to see what we'll be up to.

Please check the Facebook group for regular updates. 


Our partners

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