Relax in the natural setting of our Dell Forest Garden – an accessible outdoor space where you can meet and enjoy the calm.
In partnership with Forest of Hearts, The Dell Forest Garden project worked with volunteers from their Green Therapy group to create an accessible, inclusive and enjoyable space that improves wellbeing through creativity and nature. We increased the biodiversity of the area by diversifying the range of habitats and vegetation structures at the site with a new ‘fruit tree guild’ and wild flower bank.
The garden was opened as part of Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations on Saturday 23 April 2022 alongside art installation Room for the Soul, created by artist Faye Claridge with Forest of Heart's Green Therapy group.
At the start of the project, Forest of Hearts led citizen science activities to understand the current biodiversity of the area. Through new planting and existing care of the space, we reported:
- 13 different species of birds
- 16 varieties of plants and grass
- 12 types of trees
- 15 pollinator insects
We also created two large compost areas for use in the garden and by local community groups.
Through the project participants reported feeling better from being outside in nature, learning new skills and a sense of achievement from creating something that would be enjoyed by others:
"The walk round the Dell was lovely. It made me more aware of my surroundings and the wonderful plants, trees, and wildlife we have on our doorstep."
"Being outside [was my favourite part] because the fresh air is good for my mental health."
Looking forward, and taking action from our community's feedback, we will be running a pilot wellbeing programme with South Warwickshire and Worcestershire Mind.
Through their Green Minds initiative, we are running a seven-week programme of wellbeing sessions in the Dell Forest Garden, to accompany their existing groups. Participants, will have the opportunity to complete our spring bulb planting, continuing maintenance of the additional planting last spring with Forest of Hearts and take part in creative activities.
The Dell Forest Garden, next to Holy Trinity Church
Every Wednesday from 2 November – 14 December
10am - 12pm
The sessions are open to all and can along to one or all the sessions.