Nature in Mind is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The service supports people with mental health issues, and promotes wellbeing and recovery through engagement with nature based activities in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

It also helps people to overcome barriers that have a negative impact on their lives including low confidence, social isolation or health problems.

Evidence shows that spending time in a natural environment can:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Help reduce the need for medication
  • Reduce levels of depression
  • Help overcome isolation and social exclusion
  • Improve physical health
  • Improve mood and self esteem.

Nature in Mind provides varied opportunities and activities related to nature in small, supportive groups.

How to Get Involved

You can apply to access Nature in Mind if you are over 18, living with a health condition and would find it difficult to access green spaces and nature activities without support. You don’t need a medical diagnosis.

Simply complete our referral form, and email it to natureinmind@frameworkha.org.  A member of the Nature in Mind Team will then get in touch with you.


Nature in Mind publishes a new activity programme every two months, which includes weekly sessions at St Ann’s Allotment, Southwell Minster, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Sherwood Forest, Newstead Abbey, the Arboretum and many other interesting places.

Click the button below to see Nature in Mind’s current activity programme.


Nature in Mind Activities January – March 2024

Conservation: Making a difference to nature

British Wildlife is under threat and needs all the support it can get. Conservation activities offer us the chance to help look after local green spaces and make them better for both wildlife and people.

Some organisations run free events for Nature in Mind and conservation-based activities offer an opportunity to give something back.

These activities are delivered at a gentle pace, with regular breaks for a rest and hot drink. They can help you to develop new skills such as learning to use tools, and also help you to understand how certain wildlife areas are looked after, and why.  You could find yourself trimming back vegetation, controlling invasive species, planting, and managing hedgerows.

Why not give it a go and feel like you are making a difference to our world?


To find out more about Nature in Mind or to book an activity, you can contact the team on 0115 9709 591 or via email.

For regular updates, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook.



Thanks to National Lottery Players.

Nature in Mind connects people with nature and their local environments to benefit their health and wellbeing.

We work closely with GPs and medical practitioners, other community groups, organisations and custodians of green spaces.  This allows us to offer a wide range of nature and heritage-related opportunities across Nottinghamshire to people who would otherwise struggle to access them.

We run successfully thanks to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful volunteers.