Forests as places of mental well-being for people with dementia

The Forestry Commission Scotland has recently published this 12-page Research Note based on a PhD research study currently being carried out by Mandy Cook, Forest Ranger and PhD student at the University of Dundee. Mandy is co-supervised by SDHI members Ed Hall and Thilo Kroll and is currently evaluating the benefits of a Woodland Activity Programme that has been designed and organised collaboratively between the Forestry Commission Scotland, University of Dundee and Alzheimer Scotland.

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Woodland Activity Programme or People with Early-Stage Dementia

Mandy Cook, Forest Ranger and PhD student in Dundee who is co-supervised by SDHI team members Ed Hall and Thilo Kroll is currently evaluating the benefits of a Woodland Activity Programme that has been designed and organised collaboratively between the Forestry Commission Scotland, the University of Dundee and Alzheimer Scotland.

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting families and friends of people with early-stage dementia to get signed up to an innovative, exciting and fun programme of woodland activities.

The programme includes many different woodland based activities, such as woodland walks, scavenger hunts, bulb and tree planting, bushcraft activities, environmental art and learning about tree and bird identification.

Two programmes are being run, one in South Lanarkshire and the other in Falkirk.

Julie Hamilton, Social Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, said:

“The Woodland activity programme includes lots of fun activities to help people with early-stage dementia

“All equipment will be provided, including waterproofs and participants will also be given a pair of welly boots that they can keep at the end of the programme to encourage them to continue taking to the outdoors to enjoy nature.

“A member of the family, friend or carer is also welcome to take part in the activities with participants.”

The ten week programme will include a small group of up to 12 participants. The dates, time and South Lanarkshire venue will be confirmed in due course. The Falkirk programme is in Callendar Wood starting on Thursday 28 August from 11am to 2pm.

For more information on the South Lanarkshire programme, please contact the South Lanarkshire Ranger Service: 01355 276 784 / abi.boyd@southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk

For the Falkirk programme contact Gordon Harper, Forestry Commission Scotland ranger 07798 668 125 or scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk ”

(Source: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/WebNewsReleases/42AD4BC0F6C4970E80257D3C004471AF)

Mandy’s work and preliminary findings have recently been highlighted in a research brief soon to be issued by the Forestry Commission Scotland.