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Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature is a free-to-access online resource to encourage you to use your garden to spend more time connecting with nature as a tool to restore wellbeing and improve your physical and mental health.

It will help you learn about and experience the health and wellbeing benefits of the great outdoors, which includes looking at our historic connections to nature, how we use gardens and nature, and how we can identify our own connection and affinity to them.

Created with support from Notcutts Garden Centres, the course provides a range of tasks, and an opportunity to explore how you connect to nature, offering new ways to get outdoors and explore all the amazing things that green spaces offer.

Designed in three short parts, Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature is suitable for anyone looking to improve their health and wellbeing and not only explains the advantages of being in the great outdoors but will guide you to create your own health and wellbeing plan to make best use of what nature offers.

All parts are standalone, but to get maximum benefit, we advise you to work through them in order, starting with part one first and then progressing to the more practical elements within part two and three.

The resources include presentations, videos, discussion forums, self-directed activities and forms for you to complete.

Enrolment Guidance

Once you have created an account (using the link below), to enrol on the course you can either use the search function and type 'Cultivating Wellbeing' to find the course, or you can find Cultivating Wellbeing under the 'Introductory Information Courses' under the Course Categories on the home page.

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This course is suitable for:

General public, people looking to improve their health and wellbeing and people interested in the benefits of gardens and nature

What you will learn:

  • Part One: the benefits of gardens and nature – including the theories behind them and why humans relate to the outdoors
  • Part Two: the concept of an ‘affinity for nature’ and how it can relate to you
  • Part Three: how to create your own health and wellbeing plan using gardens and nature


Under 5 hours of learning

In terms of my own mental health, the course has helped me to recognise the value for me – and for everyone really – of spending time outdoors to re-charge and re-frame.

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