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Returning To Our Trees

A woman in a green knitted jumper stands in a green wooded area with sunlight pouring through the trees. She is looking at the camera with a neutral expression, and has her hands in her pockets.

How green social prescribing is supporting people in Wales to improve their mental health & wellbeing. 

With more people experiencing poor mental health and the health service under severe pressure, community organisations across the UK are exploring new ways to help people heal – through green social prescribing. 

In this episode of the Carbon Copy Podcast, we meet Janis Werrett, founder of Cynon Valley Organic Adventures in southern Wales, to learn how her project is enabling people of all ages to improve their wellbeing through nature. We hear from a GP, a researcher and a former volunteer at the project, and explore how the initiative works collaboratively with partner organisations to offer green social prescribing treatments. 

Listen to Returning To Our Trees now to learn about the incredible impact Janis’ work has had so far; and to discover how nature, community and getting our hands dirty could help us all to feel better. 

Show Notes 

Find out more about Janis’ project here: https://carboncopy.eco/initiatives/cynon-valley-organic-adventures  

Learn more about bringing people together in your community here: https://carboncopy.eco/community/create-a-community-hub

Learn about Green Health Wales here: https://greenhealthwales.co.uk/  

Read about the Accelerate programme that Andrew worked on at Cardiff University: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/research/clinical-innovation/accelerate  

Read more of Andrew’s research on green social prescribing: https://research.bangor.ac.uk/portal/en/researchoutputs/making-well-green-social-prescribing-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing(c6d0820d-1c5c-4ca7-8e4a-f5300a51f9a8).html 

Find out about the project that Mike now works for: https://www.down-to-zero.co.uk/  

Discover more projects on Carbon Copy that help to improve health and wellbeing: https://carboncopy.eco/impact/wellbeing 

Discover more project on Carbon Copy that are helping to protect nature: https://carboncopy.eco/action-area/nature 

Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/public-engagement/mental-health-awareness-week 

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