We are delighted to launch our course of ten ‘Wellbeing in the Woods’ workshops.

They are designed with the aim of improving 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, led by an experienced facilitator.

We are grateful to The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation for a grant to support this course. This has enabled us to offer this 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.


*COVID Update* The course is due to commence in June 2021, when ‘lockdown’ restrictions are eased.

The workshops will take place on Tuesdays – 9.30am to 1pm, for 10 weeks. The timings are designed to fit with the bus from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge.

We hope to run a second course commencing in September 2021.


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/hedgerow carpentry and various general activities associated with land-management and conservation work.  No experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. We would like you to commit to attend all ten workshops.

Application Process

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 you have been successful.

The June course is now full; applicants are welcome and will be considered for the next course.

Let Nature be your teacher

William Wordsworth