A Green Approach To Mental Wellbeing
We help people to 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 with supportive company, surrounded by nature at the Muddy Fork garden. We have witnessed;
Seeing people change keeps us working to help it happen.
Sessions have now resumed. For further information, please read the news section below.
Muddy Fork - Marking World Mental Health Day 2020
On Saturday the 10th October 2020, Muddy Fork marked World Mental Health Day with a locally hosted event in Retford. During September, we held a fundraiser to raise awareness for mental health conditions by inviting the local community and businesses to come together and take part in the #25pushupchallenge. The take-up and response to this was overwhelming and truly heartwarming. We had over 40 businesses take part and all of those involved submitted a short clip of themselves attempting our challenge. This then resulted in a final movie, which brought together all of the fantastic submittions, and was premiered on Saturday. We are now sharing this to highlight how supportive the local community have been, and also to demonstrate that businesses and organisations fundamentally believe in the importance of good Mental Health. Please see our amazing video in the news section below!!
Fantastic Local Business Raffle - Arranged for Muddy Fork...
As part of our event that we held on World Mental Health Day, we received some very generous prizes for a raffle that is being held by our event hosts. The donations from this raffle will go to Muddy Fork, and will be used to keep our valuable charity running and aid our cause.
Raffle tickets are available locally, but if you would like to purchase tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to facilitate this. The price is £1 each or £5 a strip.
The draw will take place on Monday the 26th October. Winners will then be contacted. Good luck!
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.
Sessions Start Again!
We would like to say a very special thank you to Retford Athletic Club, Hazelwood Counselling, Mamma Giusi's, Alberto's and The White Lion for their ongoing support and generous donations to our Community Pushup Challenge, which saw over 40 local businesses take part in our event to raise awareness for Mental Health and World Mental Health Day 2020.
Muddy Fork Community Pushup Challenge
Please watch our Muddy Fork Community Pushup Challenge video below. This combines over 40 businesses in the local area and demonstrates the enthusiastic response we received from the Retford community in support of better mental health.
Please share this video with family, friends and colleagues!
Garden lockdown bulletin no.6 September 2020
So here we are, half a year gone and still no signs of a return to group activity. Although support groups like ours are in theory permitted so long as the ‘rule of six’ is observed, without access to the facilities in the visitor centre, which remains closed, our hands are tied.
Our team of intrepid volunteers continues to work hard in the garden, and numbers have even on occasion necessitated implementation of the ‘rule of six’, which is easily manageable in the space available. The garden and the bees continue to be well looked after, and produce is being sold to friends and neighbours of volunteers, including in the form of ‘single person veg box’ offerings, which offer us flexibility and can make effective use of the produce available.
The ‘Three Sisters’, with the odds permanently stacked against them, were commended by the judges of the competition for being good sports, but not surprisingly were unplaced. The sweetcorn was however delicious! Full marks to Pippa for taking the initiative on this one and seeing it through.
Slug-hunting and rabbit-hole fixing remain high on the agenda and we continue to reap the benefits of these efforts. We still have tomatoes (mainly outdoors), cucumbers and courgettes remain productive, kale and chard are keeping going, and the first of the leeks have been lifted. Meanwhile the beautiful pumpkins are a wonder to behold and the squashes are coming along.
As the growing season progressed we have also had time to turn our attention to our tree nursery, with work going on with oak seedlings and black poplars. Not all have survived the hardships of the summer but we still have a good number to work on.
And so, as we move into the next six months, when little may change in the way of restrictions, it remains to be seen where we go next over the autumn and winter.
#25pushupchallenge: Community Support Takes Off!
The fundraiser supporting Muddy Fork and raising awareness about mental health is going incredibly well.
It's been going so well that it's sparked interest and support far beyond Bassetlaw, with many businesses and organisations rising to the push-up challenge. We have been blown away by the donations and kind offers of ongoing support.
Help us help mental health and donate here.
Thank you lovely community!
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