Myplace

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1,182 individuals have benefitted from Myplace so far
95% of people feel benefits in just six weeks

A natural way to wellbeing

Myplace is an exciting and innovative ecotherapy project delivered by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside in partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Myplace empowers people and their communities to connect with local environments in order to learn new skills, build resilience and improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.

If you think that the Myplace project could be of benefit to you or someone you know, please get in touch.

Read an independent report about Myplace

                                          Get in touch 

E: myplace@lancswt.org.uk | T: 01772 872007

The ecotherapy nature of Myplace has meant it's turned into something far more than just an excuse to get out of the house. I come away each week feeling refreshed.
Rosie Harvey
Myplace volunteer

How Myplace works

The Myplace project team works each week with local communities on their greenspace sites or 'hubs'.

The hub activities aim to empower people to make positive changes for wildlife, communities and their own wellbeing.

In 2017 The Wildlife Trusts published a report with the University of Essex which examined the effects of volunteering in nature on people's mental health and the results were incredible.

Read the summary

Our Hubs

Each week we run free sessions or 'hubs' across Bolton, Preston, Chorley, East and West Lancashire.

Additional criteria may apply, please get in touch with us at myplace@lancswt.org.uk or give us a ring on 01772 872007 for an informal chat about how we may be able to support you to discover a natural way to wellbeing.

Ages 13 - 24

These sessions offer opportunities for our participants to gain accredited awards through the John Muir Award scheme. Participants learn new skills, develop their confidence, meet new friends and improve their health and wellbeing through participation in outdoor activities.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Monday

Brockholes Hub

Avenham Park, Preston - Wednesday

Myplace at Avenham Park

Reedyford Road Allotments, Nelson - Wednesday

Reedyford Allotments

The Hive at Moss Bank Park, Bolton - Wednesday and Thursday

The Hive, Moss Bank Park

Astley Park, Chorley - Thursday

Myplace hub - Astley Park

Duxbury Wood, Chorley - Thursday

Duxbury Wood Hub

Witton Park, Blackburn - Thursday

Myplace volunteers at Witton Park planting flowers

Whitehall Park, Darwen - Friday

Whitehall Park Hub

Ages 25 and over

Sessions offer opportunities for regular personal development and allow participants to build their skills and meet new people.

Bank Top Neighbourhood Community Allotment, Blackburn - Tuesday

Bank Top, Blackburn

Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Ormskirk - Tuesday

Mere Sands Wood Hub

Stubbylee, Bacup - Wednesday

Stubbylee Park

The Hive in Moss Bank Park, Bolton - Wednesday and Thursday

The Hive, Bolton

Duxbury Woods, Chorley - Thursday

Duxbury Wood Hub

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Thursday

Bushcraft at Brockholes

Cain Scringemour

Miller Fold Community Allotment, Accrington - Thursday

Miller Fold Community Hub

Our Sheds (ages 50 and over)

Men and women who are benefitting the local community and the natural environment by working together to develop projects called 'green space challenges'. Participants gain new skills, build confidence, forge new friendships and develop their local environment whilst also improving health and wellbeing.

Visit the 'Our Sheds' webpage

Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Ormskirk - Tuesday

Our Sheds group at Mere Sands Wood

Grange Community Gardens, Preston - Wednesday

Our Sheds

Dirtworks

Join our practical conservation volunteering group for young people aged 11 - 19 and make a difference for Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Gain conservation, bushcraft and green woodworking skills. Get qualifications and experience. Great for young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh award or others wanting work experience in the outdoors

Sessions run every Saturday from 1 - 4pm. To get involved contact us on

myplace@lancswt.org.uk | 01772 872007

Wild Wellbeing Days

A team day with a twist, led by our friendly and experienced Myplace team. Wild Wellbeing Days are designed specifically to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all those involved.

Seeing my team happy and relaxed gave me a great sense of achievement.

Spokesperson, Siemens 

Find out more

What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the approach that Myplace takes to help people reconnect with nature in a gentle, participant-led way. Each Myplace session is different but includes activities relating to our five key ecotherapy themes detailed below.

Research has shown that such activities can reduce stress, anxiety and many low level mental health conditions whilst also improving physical fitness, health and wellbeing.

Activities relate to five key themes

Click through the different sections below for examples of some of the activities you might expect to do at a Myplace session.

Wildlife walks

Spending time in nature can be very relaxing, providing time to reflect, unwind or kindle new friendships. Walking is also an excellent way to keep fit and active which has also been shown to improve a person's wellbeing. Whilst our walks might be more of a mindful activity we also include activities like foraging and looking for wildlife.

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Bushcraft

Learning new skills, trying new things and sharing knowledge and experiences can be a fantastic way to improve your wellbeing. Activities might include fire lighting, wood working and making homes for nature.

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Gardening projects

Not only benefiting wildlife and communities, gardening projects can also offer the opportunity to make new discoveries, learn new skills and relax. Activities also include cooking freshly picked fruit and vegetables over an open fire. 

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Practical conservation

Encouraging people to keep active, learn new skills and make positive changes for wildlife and wild spaces. Practical conservation work can also benefit the wider community and help people to feel like more valued members of society. Activities might include balsam bashing, dead hedging and tree planting. 

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Mindful environments

Taking time to step away from technology and be in the moment can do wonders for mental wellbeing. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths. We might do some mindful drawing or stop for a while and take notice of our surroundings.

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Our Funders

Myplace is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund

Myplace is one of 31 projects that together form the 'Our Bright Future' movement which is inspiring young people across the UK to become tomorrow's environmental champions.

Go to 'Our Bright Future' website

Myplace Funders