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.
Seeing people change keeps us working to help it happen.
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.
Friends and families. If this might help someone you know, please put them in touch with us.
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.
Covid-19 Update: Sessions Still Suspended but..
Muddy Fork Sessions Suspended
Due to Government advice about the COVID-19 virus currently going around the World and now appearing locally, all gardening sessions are formally suspended until further notice as of Monday 23rd March 2020.
We understand that this is an exceptionally trying time: the threat is real, the fear is real, isolation is now real; Muddy Fork will do its best to support existing participants (this may prove impossible, but we will try!).
New referrals will still be accepted, but not progressed for the time being.
Please take care and look after yourselves and your loved ones.
Dom Schad, Muddy Fork Director 23rd March 2020
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See here for further details about Amazon Smile.
Massive Thanks for Donations!
Muddy Fork would like to say a big heartfelt Thank You for all the recent donations.
First and foremost, for the donations following Andy Burton’s funeral. He is sadly missed and will always be remembered for his humour and hard graft.
But we are also heartened by other’s generosity. Donations just from the Christmas and New Year period, those we’re able to acknowledge, are from:
Retford Rotary Club
Retford Athletics Club
St Saviour’s Church
North Notts Wildlife Group
Just Us Ukulele Group
Sutton Art Group.
Thank you all. Your fantastic contributions continue to astound and humble us, and help keep us going!
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Anna Sewell and Andy Burton.
Anna was a staunch supporter of Muddy Fork right from the very start. She became an invaluable member of the team as policy advisor and Safeguarding Officer. Despite growing infirmity, her last visit to the garden was to test-drive our new pathways for wheelchair accessibility. Goodbye Anna, dear friend: you are sorely missed.
Andy joined the project back in our early Ecominds days, and became a regular hard worker, always with a friendly greeting and warm handshake. We were delighted for you when you moved on to volunteering elsewhere, and so saddened to hear of your early passing. Goodbye Andy, and thanks for being you.
Go-V! Wins National Award!
Green Prescriptions are Excellent value for money, latest report finds.
Check out this Autumn 2019 report from Leeds Beckett University with The Wildlife Trusts here.
Sytner VWG Volunteers Lay Footpath!
The Muddy Fork garden is now graced with a proper, accessible footpath, installed in a day thanks to the magnificent efforts of 20 volunteers from Sytner! Gone are the muddy puddles, the tussocky clumps and the ruts, and we now have a level and smooth surface much more suitable for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. It links the entrance gate with all the major areas of the garden: the poly tunnels, the workshop and Hub and the new raised platform beds. Thanks go to Notts NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for the funding (via BCVS), Ian O’Brien of NWT for driving the mini digger, and most of all Kate Painter, HR manager for VWG Division Sytner Group, for coordinating the volunteers and all the kindnesses!
Muddy Fork has a new donation platform!
Muddy Fork recently signed up with Localgiving to make donations incredibly easy. It also has the Gift Aid option to boost your donation by £2.50 for every £10 donated. This platform replaces MyDonate, which BT closed earlier this summer. Why not try out Localgiving on our donation page, or right here! Thanks!
Muddy Fork loses a Support Volunteer, but gains two more!
After several years of dedicated support, Mark has finally realised his dream and set up his own small-holding - abroad! Thank you Mark for all your enthusiasm and graft, at least a million good ideas, and humour so much appreciated by the team. Farewell, and all the very best for your new venture!
Meanwhile, Christine and John join us this week: WELCOME!
Runner Faces Ultra Challenge to Raise Funds!
Mum of three Chantal Kinsley will be running 40 miles in the Dukeries Ultra Marathon to raise funds for Muddy Fork. Yes, you read that right - 40 miles! Not only is this an incredible distance, but Chantal is still a novice runner! She says: I got into running a couple of years ago, the furthest I've ever ran is a half marathon, so the next logical step is an ultra marathon, right!?
As a dedicated supporter of people with mental health challenges, she appreciates just how beneficial Muddy Fork can be: "I know how invaluable this is for people, from learning new skills, social interaction, meeting new people and feeling part of the community."
Bassetlaw CCG awards generous grant
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.
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 feature 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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