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Connect with nature locally

We live in a beautiful place and there are plenty of places to visit to explore andMHAW_2021_Website_Header_1306x520px_V2.jpg connect with nature locally.

Picnic in the Parks is full of ideas to help you live well and love nature. Take some time to explore this Dorset-inspired virtual park created by Dorset AONB Partnership and find inspiration, discover new experiences and enjoy fun healthy and nature- related activities.

Dorset is the perfect playground for you to explore, with mile upon mile of thrilling cycle routes, some of the finest walking trails to be found anywhere and scenery to die for!

There’s a huge range of gardens and parks to visit, beaches to explore and places to spot rare and endangered wildlife in their natural habitats. And, check out Birds of Poole Harbour for some great bird watching spots across Dorset.  

Visit Dorset has a wide range of ideas of ideas of places to visit on our doorstep – take a look and get inspired.

If you prefer embracing nature at home, if you have a garden spend some time sitting outside, read a book, draw or paint, or just listen to the bird song.

No garden, no problem?  Open the windows and let the fresh air in or why not plant some seeds and tend to a new house plant or indoor fruit and veg to bring the outdoors in. Another idea is bring the scent of the outdoors in, through scented candles. You could even complete the atmosphere by playing some soothing natural sounds, whether that’s the gentle flow of a babbling brook, the constant swoosh of crashing waves or the melodic songs of woodland birds.


Embrace Nature Challenge

To help you get outside and connect with nature every day during MHAW get involved in our ‘Embrace Nature Challenge’ and reap the benefits.

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Events - online and face-to-face

Our START (Support, Transition And Recovery Team) groups are open to everyone and take place both online and in person.

During Mental Health Awareness Week a number of organised sessions are taking place with the theme of nature.

Note: Microsoft teams can be downloaded for free from most app stores and outdoor groups are all subject to the latest social distancing government guidance.

Date and time

Event type


How to get involved


Monday, 10 May


MS Teams


Virtual quiz


Join Hannah for a virtual ‘nature’ themed quiz on Microsoft Teams. 



Please contact Hannah on 07769 931698 for further details on how to join.



Tuesday, 11 May


Quaker Gardens, 95 South Street, Bridport.


Friday, 14 May


Borough Gardens, Dorchester.



Talking Café 


An informal face-to-face get together in a public place where you can access advice and support from champions and trusted health professionals. It provides an opportunity to connect with other people, make friends and chat to champions about activities, support groups and services in your local area.



Please call Sarah on 07717 422049 for further details about these groups.



Tuesday, 11 May


Dorchester Library



Walking in Dorchester


All levels of fitness welcome for a ‘nature walk’ around Dorchester. We’ll aim to walk 2/3 miles.



Call Matt on 07842 104646 for further details.



Thursday, 13 May

10.30am – midday

Allington Woods (meet at the Allington woods gate – adjacent to Hospital Lane)



Mindful walking


An introduction to mindful movement – with a walk around Allington Woods and enjoy a sensory experience to promote mental wellbeing. Bring your own refreshments, wear sturdy footwear and dress according to the weather forecast.



To book your place, email Tanya Remnant:   



Thursday, 13 May


MS Teams





Making a connection between mindfulness and nature.




Join us for an introduction to mindfulness and a nature visualisation exercise to promote relaxation and mental wellbeing.


To book your place, email Pam


Friday, 14 May


MS Teams



Virtual art



Virtual ‘nature themed’ art group. Have items to sketch or colour-in ready.



Please contact Hannah on 07769 931698 for further details on how to join.



Friday, 14 May


Meet at The Car Park by Bridport Football Club, Skilling Hill Road, DT6 5LA



Bridport cycle ride



All abilities welcome for a gentle 10km cycle ride. Just turn up with your bike, a cycle helmet and refreshments

Our planned route will involve cycling close to nature (the woods and the sea)


Call Tanya on 07768375345 for further details.



Monday, 10 May – 9.30am

Wednesday, 12 May – 12-midday

Friday, 14 May – 12.15pm

Via Facebook





Follow along fitness and cooking sessions


Follow a virtual fitness class or cooking tutorial for healthy eating ideas.


Just go to Facebook and join the ‘Follow Along Fitness’ group.

Please call Conor on 07826 877538 for further details.




Connect with nature this Mental Health Awareness Week