Photo One - Board of Directors Away Day March 2018
After several years of hard work trialling woodland wellbeing sessions, this year we were absolutely delighted to have been awarded funding from Awards for All, SSE and Two Ridings Community Foundation which means we have run 7 woodland wellbeing programmes so far this year, with 8 more funded until April next year. Our project income has increased from £5,000 last year, to £40,000 so far this year.
Here we are with volunteer and community representatives devising a strategy for the year.
Photo Two - Our first ever Coppicing Woodland Wellbeing session - April 2016
Testing the concept two years ago!
From the seed of an idea 7 years ago, project co-ordinator Katie Rees has overcome her own physical and mental health challenges including PTSD and learned woodland management and bushcraft skills to build KindleWoods up over the years from nothing through grit, determination and an unyielding belief in the power of people. She feels labels don't need to define us.
Photo Three - Members of our Deer Shed Festival Team
For the last three years we have run green wood workshops at Deer Shed festival, and this year we also ran a Wild Kitchen and Textiles area. Combining workshops we ran at the Great Yorkshire Show we worked with over 300 members of the public.