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

Each week we'll be doing various activities in parks across Bournemouth, whether you'd like to join in for an hour or come along to all our sessions we'd love you to join us.

View our June events programme to see what we're up to.

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?

We usually run weekly sessions at:

  • Monday, 14:00 - 16:30: Knyveton Gardens
  • Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:30: Horseshoe Common
  • Wednesday,  10:30 - 14:00: Shelley Park

We also run activities at other parks across Boscombe and Bournemouth.

View our programme of events to see exactly where we'll be each week.

Our partners

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