Muddy Fork - Wellbeing & Mental Health Support

We help people improve their wellbeing and mental health through volunteer conservation and wildlife gardening in Nottinghamshire.

People are changing their lives step by step, doing useful work in supportive company, surrounded by nature at the Muddy Fork garden.

  • People fearful of leaving the house start to enjoy getting out and about
  • People with no purpose start to get satisfaction from voluntary work
  • Silent people start to chat

Seeing people change keeps us working to help it happen.

Muddy Fork gardening
Muddy Fork gardening

Gardening for wellbeing - try it!

Feeling low, stressed, isolated?   Lots of other people are too but we seldom talk about it.  That's why Muddy Fork is here.

Come and volunteer in our garden, with friendly people, and nature all around at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford.

Have a look at What We Do then Get In Touch to have a look round or give it a try.

Friends and families.  If this might help someone you know, please put them in touch with us.

Planting up a container
Planting up a container

Connecting with the NHS

Gardening for Wellbeing works well together with clinical therapies and as follow up support.

Referrals.  If your client could benefit from exercise outdoors, supportive company and the satisfaction of helping in our garden, please Refer To Us.

Publications and evidence.  To read some of the evidence for nature based therapies have a look at our Publications page.

Garden volunteers
Some of our garden volunteers

Help Us

Tell people about us, lend a hand, make donation.  Your support keeps us going.  If you like What We Do, find out How You Can Help Us.


Here's Josh Harper of Blyth A1 Moto handing Dom a cheque for £1,000 towards a work shed for our new Team Wellbeing service to businesses.


Thanks very much to Moto In The Community for your support.


Team Wellbeing is a service for employers to help with mental wellbeing at work, team building and community engagement all in one great day out.

Co-op presentation

Thanks very much to The Co-op Local Community Fund, the local Co-op staff and all the Co-op members who chose us as your local cause.


Muddy Fork gazebo

Fabulous New Gazebo!

Thanks very much Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.


Muddy Fork are featured in new research from the University of Essex, adding more evidence of benefits to mental wellbeing from volunteering with nature.



We are grateful for the generous support of our partner organisations and proud to be working with such great people!

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