The Green Wellbeing Alliance is a network of organisations that provide therapeutic outdoor activities across Sussex.

Participants improve wellbeing and health while connecting with nature and other people. We encourage anyone who feels outdoor activities could benefit their wellbeing to get in touch. We also welcome referrals from professionals.

Get outside

Our activities in nature can benefit a huge range of people including those with mental health difficulties, dementia, at risk young people, survivors of abuse, and people living with physical health conditions.

What is Green Wellbeing?

Find out more about how we work, and how we can help you.

Projects

Our members run activities across Sussex, from urban allotments to farms to the South Downs. Find out what’s available near you.

Make a referral

Professionals are welcome to contact us to refer a client who could benefit from a therapeutic outdoor activity.

The evidence

Many national studies and research reports evidence the benefits of outdoor projects for physical and mental health.

Team building and events

Do something fun, healthy and memorable outside your regular work environment.

Member projects

Our members run activities across Sussex, from urban allotments to farms to the South Downs. Find out what’s available near you. 

Centre for Ecotherapy

Therapeutic gardening project in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

Circle of Life Rediscovery

This project outside Lewes, East Sussex aims to transform education, health and families through nature.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton, including activities for older people and those living with dementia.

Grow

Grow offers people the chance to enjoy the beautiful, local countryside in a friendly and supportive group.

Ipse Wilderness

Ipse lead multi-day therapeutic journeys across different wilderness spaces in the UK, weekend workshops and day walks across Sussex.

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a community allotment, a food growing project and therapeutic garden in Hove.

Rock Farm

Rock Farm is a working market garden, community space and horticultural therapy project on a 6-acre site near Steyning.

Sacred Earth

A community-owned land project near Horam, East Sussex that is dedicated to life, learning and working in harmony with nature.

Wild Mind

A seven-week programme in Stanmer Park, Brighton – which takes participants on a journey into a deeper sense of awareness and connection with the natural world.

Wild Wellbeing

An ecotherapy organisation that runs walks, nature-connection workshops and one-to-one mentoring in Brighton & East Sussex.

What we’ve heard from participants and supporters

“Sharing outdoor space, appreciating nature with others is special. Sharing experiences and skills, whatever they may be, in a beautiful setting and the fresh air is revitalising. These organisations are amazing and life-changing. I am evidence of that.”

Referrer

“He has historically got in to fights with people but he found the setting of an allotment helped him manage his anger and he knew he could walk away if he needed to. The knock on effect of this has been him moving through band 2 accommodation in to band 3 and maintaining abstinence from alcohol, drugs and begging.”

 

– Referrer –

The Grow Project

“It’s been worth more and more useful to me than all the psychotherapies I’ve had. It’s been amazing for me.”

 

– Grow participant –

Rock Farm

“Volunteering at Rock Farm is integral to my mental health and physical wellbeing and a key day in my week... it has become my safe space; a slice of normality and peace during challenging and uncertain times. "

- Rock Farm volunteer -

Food Partnership

“Now I’m at stage now where I want to get right stuck in with it all, I want to give something back now and I’ve come a long way in my recovery. It given me a different view of living in this city coming to gardens like this and I feel I want to move towards helping other people in gardens like this who used to feel like me.”

 

– Food Partnership volunteer –

Referrer

“The work that the Food Partnership do is truly amazing and really inspiring for the health and wellbeing of our clients.”

 

– Referrer –

Plot 22

“This is the first place I've come out to on my own for a very long time. I was worried I wouldn't be able to cope but...I'd really like to come regularly. I've really enjoyed it.”

 

– Plot 22 participant –

Centre for Ecotherapy

“I’ve found taking part in this programme much, much, better than any of the counselling I have received.”

 

– Centre for Ecotherapy participant –

The Grow Project

“In the past few years since I started experiencing anxiety, I’ve realised how important getting outdoors is on a regular basis…this course has just really brought home how essential it is for me to do exactly that… I feel like Grow has really set me up for life.”

 

– Grow participant –

“For a long time there was no way anyone would employ me for volunteering because of my past, just a long string of shoplifting over and over, so I just carried on drinking, but now people are giving me a chance with projects like this and so I can finally start to move on. This is me, I love it, being outdoors, I do volunteering in other places two other days a week so I’m getting sorted.”

Referrer

“I want to thank you so much for protecting a space and facilitating sessions specifically for our Mill View service users. The feedback from staff and patient has been really positive... On our sessions so far I have observed our service users increase in mood, social interaction and reduction in mental distress, [participants] engaged in the activities, inspired by the relaxing environment and thoughtful and engaging education.”

 

– Referrer from Millview Hospital –

Food Partnership

“This garden has been a lifeline for me, I don’t know what I would have done without it. These opportunities have changed my life for the better and I’m so grateful.”

 

– Food Partnership participant –

“I've found myself utilising skills learnt and drawing on experiences and feelings I've had had in various eco-therapy groups... building resilience and coping strategies for wider life and the future.”

 

The Grow Project

“Helped me with anxieties which I am always struggling and living with. Helped me in a group environment to socialise and feel part of nature and in a group.”

 

– Grow participant –

“My mental and physical wellbeing has been significantly helped by attending these groups. Having a regular commitment at a certain day and time really helps with my structure and routine which is really important... The safe and welcoming space of these groups is also brilliant. It helps reduce anxiety and manage my overall health and wellbeing.”

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