We are delighted to have been featured in a BBC Farming Today feature on mental health issues - and a new case study by Natural England. Both focus on Magdalen’s Care Farming work and we wanted to share links so you can access them both.
The BBC came to Magdalen as part of their focus on mental health issues. We were interviewed for the Farming Today programme broadcast on Saturday 20th February. We talked about how we help people who are having mental health difficulties through visits to Magdalen where they can join in care farming activities, get to know our animals and spend time in nature.
The programme featured a lovely quote from Julie Matthews, Co-ordinator of the WATCH Group who said “Nature doesn’t ask for anything, it’s free”. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why it’s so therapeutic.
If you missed it (easy to do as it went out at 6.30 am!) you can listen again on our website here (upload the MP3).
Magdalen has been included in a new case study by Natural England.
Natural England has just released a new report ’A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care’. The report shows that taking part in nature-based activities (such as Care Farming) helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.
We hope you’ll find both of these news items of interest. If you have any questions about the issues raised or would like to know more about our work - please contact us.