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Feel Good in the Forest

Feel Good in the Forest is Forestry England’s new social prescribing project aimed at improving the physical and mental health of those in most need. The project is based in Chopwell Wood and Thames Chase Forest Centre.

Taking part in forest activities encourages people to become more active, increases confidence, helps maintain a healthy weight and can alleviate symptoms of long-term health conditions. We're running weekly walks at both sites and with sufficient interest we’ll be expanding the activities to include yoga, seated exercise, cycling and more.

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About Feel Good in the Forest

Feel Good in the Forest is a supportive programme of activities for anyone looking to improve their health and wellbeing, meet new people and enjoy being outdoors. People can self-refer or be referred by a support organisation or worker.  

All activities are free to participants and include post activity refreshments and time to socialise. 

For individuals

Feel Good in the Forest is open to any individual who is looking to improve their health and wellbeing. Contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.  

For groups

Your organisation may prefer to join us for a closed session for your group. These sessions are also free and can be designed collaboratively with our friendly Active Forests Coordinators. 

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Get a taste for what Feel Good in the Forest is all about by watching the video below. 

Feel Good in the Forest locations and contacts

If you’re interested in finding out more about the programme and the activities on offer, please contact the Active Forests Coordinator at the site you are attending.

Chopwell Wood

Chopwell Wood is about 10 miles south west of Gateshead. Find out what Feel Good activities are currently running.

Lucy Brenkley is the Active Forests Coordinator for Chopwell. Contact her on 07771 885084 or lucy.brenkley@forestryengland.uk

Thames Chase

Feel Good in the Forest is currently paused at Thames Chase for the summer due to staff shortages. For more information, contact active.forests@forestryengland.uk  

I have enjoyed today’s activities walking through the wood was lovely, enjoying the scenery and flora – lots of wild flowers. The relaxation part was super I feel really relaxed and will look forward to coming to another session.
Chopwell Wood visitor

Hear from Feel Good in the Forest participants 

Forests provide an inspiring environment for a whole range of activities for people of all abilities and really will leave you ‘feeling good in the forest’! But don’t just take our word for it...

Read Lorraine's story to hear how she improved her physical and mental health by taking part in forest-based activities. 

And find out from a participant at Chopwell Wood how she used the weekly walks to help her get back to 'normal' after shielding throughout the pandemic. 

Keep discovering...

Chopwell Wood bench under trees
Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead.
Pond side path on open grassland
Thames Chase Forest Centre & Broadfields offers lots of features and bags of room for an exciting family day out.
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Find out more information about the Feel Good in the Forest programme.
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Find out which Feel Good in the Forest activities are taking place at Chopwell Wood.