Our Wellbeing in the Woods course is designed to improve the physical and mental health and general well-being of people suffering from anxiety or mild depression. The content will be rural crafts and conservation tasks, all taking place outdoors in our private woodland near Summerbridge. You will be supported by a skilled and experienced facilitator.

We are grateful to The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation for a grant to support our first course. The second course, running in autumn 2021 will be supported by a grant from The Friends of Nidderdale AONB. This funding allows us to offer the course free of charge.


‘Wellbeing in the Woods’ will take a mindful, creative and collaborative approach to improved physical and mental health. The group will decide specific aims and objectives, based on their review of the conservation and woodland management needs at Bank Woods.  As well as enjoying connection with the group, we hope that participants will gain a feeling of connection to nature, which is very beneficial, as explained here.

Participants will be encouraged to talk about their thoughts and feelings related to wellbeing, while working as a team.


The workshops will take place outdoors, in the ancient woodlands and meadows at Bank Woods – Make it Wild’s nature reserve near Summerbridge, Harrogate. There is also a newly built barn on site which has classroom and toilet facilities including disabled access.


The next course will commence 6th September 2021. The workshops will take place one morning per week, 9.30am to 1pm, for 10 weeks. The timings are designed to fit with the bus from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge.


If necessary, the number of participants will be limited to comply with prevailing current government advice regarding group size in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To enjoy these workshops, you will need to be reasonably physically able and happy to work outside.  None of the activities will be especially challenging but they will include things such as tree planting, felling small trees, digging post holes, repairing drystone walls, green woodworking and other conservation activities. No experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. We would like you to commit to attend all ten workshops.

What recent Participants said….

“I didn’t know what to expect but it was brilliant!”

“Geoff is an excellent facilitator who subtly and cleverly supported everyone. He has a lovely teaching style.”

“The location is fantastic .. and I am so proud of what I made!”

Application Process

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please email lesley@makeitwild.co.uk, and explain why this course will help you. This information will be kept confidential. We will contact you to let you know whether or not you have been successful. If the next course is full, we may need to add your name to a waiting list.

Let Nature be your teacher

William Wordsworth