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Growing New Roots is an eight-week, therapeutic nature-based group for adults with a mental health condition. 

Places will be prioritised for those living in Shoreham, Southwick, Portslade and Hove. The group accepts both professional and self-referrals.

Run by the Brighton&Hove Food Partnership, the group is fully funded, based at their Clubhouse at Wilding Waterhall ( location map here) and delivered by experienced and trained facilitators.

The group is for adults who would most benefit from time in nature, such as those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or another mental health diagnosis. It includes a range of outdoor activities such as guided walks, foraging, natural crafts, mindfulness and conservation. Research has shown the benefits of being outside in nature and how it can improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

This project is run in partnership with the National Trust and they have been running similar groups in and around Brighton for over a decade. Feedback from a previous group at Seven Sisters included:

“It's been really good to get out of the house and into the wild, and meet new people as I’d been quite isolated for a while. The group was facilitated well and it’s really boosted my confidence.”

“I’ve learned so many new skills and I’m definitely more confident to go outside now.”

Dates and transport

A free minibus is provided from Shoreham train station.

There is a taster session on Friday 24 May, 11am– 2pm, pick up Shoreham train station at 10.30am.

After attending the taster, applicants can then apply to join our 8-week group which runs Friday 7 June 2024 – Friday 26th July 2024 (8 sessions).

Further information and application form are here.