Foraging for Wellbeing – Earth & Mind CIC

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A series of six workshops, held every Wednesday at Milton Country Park for adults facing mental health challenges. An opportunity to learn about foraging, explore the natural environment, connect and create hosted by Earth & Mind CIC.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • being in green spaces feels good – whatever the weather and whatever the season there’s always something new to discover and share;
  • you’ll learn how to identify plants, understand environmentally-friendly foraging guidelines and how to make things from what you find;
  • whilst foraging in Milton Country Park you’ll be getting some gentle exercise.

“I arrived feeling stressed and flustered – I wasn’t having a good morning – but I left feeling relaxed and replenished.”

What to expect

Led by Emma and Emily, these workshops are for up to eight people. If it’s your first time, Emma or Emily will meet you at the entrance to Milton Country Park – next to the information sign in the car park (pictured above). You’ll then gather under cover in The Wild Place and have a drink made out of foraged plants – perhaps a mint or rose petal tea – whilst other people arrive.

At the first session, you’ll receive a tote bag containing a workbook, some snips for cutting plants, paper, a notebook and pencil and copy of ‘Food for Free’ to refer to. You’ll then either be taken on a guided walk to forage for leaves, bark, flowers or berries (this will change every week according to what is available) or you’ll be making something out of foraged plants.

Emily and Emma will share their knowledge of the plants – from how they’ve been used throughout history, what can be made from them and how to identify them accurately. Emily and Emma are committed to creating a space that is inclusive, welcoming and supportive – and foraging and making is calming and mindful.

More information

Workshops are held every Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon. To get the most benefit, you are encouraged to attend all six sessions and there is a mood-based evaluation to see whether attending has an impact on your wellbeing. For each session you attend, you’ll earn a Tempo Time Credit which you can exchange for cinema tickets, exercise classes or a range of leisure activities.

If you are anxious about going for the first time, you can bring along your Social Prescribing Link Worker or other health/social care professional or carer. Or you can contact Emily and she can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Sessions are aimed at adults with mild/moderate anxiety, low mood, stress or experiencing loneliness or social isolation. To book your place or find out more, you can contact Emily on the phone number or email address provided.

The Wild Place is wheelchair accessible, but foraging takes place on uneven surfaces with some bending over and stretching to pick plants. If you have mobility issues, please contact Emily to discuss what you need.

Wear weather appropriate clothes and footwear – if you don’t have anything suitable, Emma or Emily may be able to lend you something.

There are toilets on site.

Taster sessions and the series of six workshops are free.

Parking in the car park is charged at an hourly rate.

How to contact

Where to go

Milton Country Park
Cambridge Road
Milton
Cambridge
CB24 6AZ

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